562. Calandrella bAetica

562. ANDALUCIAN SHORT-TOED LARK.
CALANDRELLA BAETICA.
Calandrella boetica, Dresser, B. of E. iv. p. 351, pl. 236, fig. 2 (1873) ; (Sharpe), Cat. B. Br. Mus. xiii. p. 588.
Cujailla, Marismena, Span.
Male ad. (Andalucia). Upper parts darker than in C. minor, and lacking all tinge of rufous, and the throat, breast, and flanks broadly spotted and striped with deep blackish brown, beak horn brown, yellowish at base below ; legs dull brown ; iris brown. Culmen 0.45, wing 3.4, tail 2.05, tarsus 0.8, hind toe with claw 0.6 inch.
Hab. Southern Spain.
Inhabits the marismas of southern Spain where it is a common bird, and is not shy. Its song like that of C. minor is melodious, and is generally uttered during short flights. It is said also to mimic the notes of other birds. The nest, which is constructed of dry grass and rootlets with a few feathers in the lining, is placed on the ground, and is better constructed than that of G. brachydactyla. The eggs, which are deposited in April or May, are boldly marked with pale purplish brown shell-spots, and dark hair-brown surface-blotches, and in size measure about 0.83 by 0.62.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
562. Calandrella bAetica
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
562
Year: 
1902
Page No: 
395
Common name: 
Andalucian Short Toed Lark
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
9974

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