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Greater Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla dukhunensis  
Greater Short-toed Lark
Photographer : © Prasad Ganpule
Location :near Lodai, Great Rann of Kutch, Gujarat, India
Date : 15 February 2019
English synonyms:European Short-toed Lark, Short-toed Lark, Redcapped Lark, Red-capped Lark, Rufous Short-toed Lark (cinerea), Sykes's Short-toed Lark (dukhunensis), Syke's Short-toed Lark (dukhunensis), Mongolian Short-toed Lark (dukhunensis), Eastern Short-toed Lark (dukhunensis)
Bird Family :Alaudidae - Larks
Red Data Status :Least Concern
Remarks :Upper bird dukhunensis; lower bird longipennis.

The rather rufous crown with the darker (blackish) stripe above the supercilium (towards the forehead) is very unusual, and recalls Rufous-capped Lark C. eremica, but the supercilium is quite rufous. It lacks the prominent white supercilium seen in Rufous-capped Lark. I took the opinion of Lars Svensson, Hadoram Shirihai and Per Alström, who thought this was best treated as a Sykes's Short-toed Lark Calandrella (brachydactyla) dukhunensis and that call would have been the best way to separate it from Rufous-capped Lark. Unfortunately, I did not record the call and hence considering the ID as a Sykes's Short-toed Lark. I did not find such a plumaged bird in an extensive search on the net. - PG

Editor's Note: On OBI Sykes's Short-toed Lark is treated as the dukhunensis subspecies of Greater Short-toed Lark, although regarded as a separate species by some authors.