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Mongolian short-toed lark

Calandrella dukhunensis, William Henry Sykes, 1832

(In Thai: นกจาบฝนนิ้วสั้น)

The Mongolian short-toed lark or Sykes's short-toed lark (Calandrella dukhunensis) is a species of lark in the family Alaudidae. It breeds in China and Mongolia and winters in southern Asia.

Taxonomy and systematics

The Mongolian short-toed lark was originally placed in the genus Alauda. It was then considered as a subspecies of the morphologically similar greater short-toed lark, but recent analyses of both mitochondrial and nuclear DNA showed that it was more closely related to Hume's short-toed lark. It was split in 2016 by the IOC, although not all other authorities have recognized this re-classification to date. Additionally, some authorities considered the Mongolian short-toed lark to be a subspecies of the red-capped lark. The name 'Mongolian short-toed lark' is also used as an alternate name for the Asian short-toed lark. The alternate name short-toed lark may also be used for three other species in the genus Calandrella.


The Mongolian short-toed lark is darker and has a shorter bill than the greater short-toed lark. The Mongolian short-toed lark breeds on the Tibetan plateau and winters mainly in peninsular India.

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Category / Seasonal Status

Wiki listed status (concerning Thai population): Accidental

BCST Category: Recorded in an apparently wild state within the last 50 years

BCST Seasonal status: Non-breeding visitor

Scientific classification

Calandrella dukhunensis

Common names

  • Thai: นกจาบฝนนิ้วสั้น


  • Calandrella cinerea dukhunensis
  • Calandrella brachydactyla dukhunensis
  • Alauda Dukhunensis

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)


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Range Map

Distribution map of Mongolian short-toed lark, Calandrella dukhunensis in Thailand
  • Mueang Lamphun District, Lamphun
  • Pak Phli District, Nakhon Nayok
Range map of Calandrella dukhunensis in Thailand