Upupa alaudipes Desf., Mem. Acad., 1787, p. 504. Type-locality: Abyssinia.
The typical form of Desert-Lark differs from our Indian form in being much more sandy above and in being less spotted below. There are a considerable number of races, ranging from the Cape Verde Islands to West Central Asia.
The name Saxicola? pallida of Blyth (J. A. S. B., xvi, p. 130, 1847) is preoccupied by the name Bascicolapallida of Cretzschmar (Oenanthe monacha) (Rupp., Atlas, pi. xxxiv, 1826, ) and cannot therefore be used for this Lark. The next name applicable is Salvadori's name doriae given in 1867 to a bird from Persia.