Short-toed Lark

Calandrella brachydactyla (Leisler, 1814) VL SHTLA 9680
Family: Passeriformes > Alaudidae

Short-toed Lark, Philip Croft

Favouring open dry habitats across much of southern Europe, north-west Africa and east to central Asia, Short-toed Lark is a scarce visitor to Britain & Ireland.

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2.5k records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
2.5k records



Short-toed Lark identification is often difficult.

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Status and Trends

Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.


This species can be found on the following statutory and conservation listings and schedules.


We have no population estimates for this scarce species.


This species is a rare vagrant and was recorded during Bird Atlas 2007–11 as shown on the map.

Occupied 10-km squares in UK

European Distribution Map

European Breeding Bird Atlas 2


This vagrant is too rarely reported to map distribution change.


Short-toed Lark is a rare vagrant, usually recorded in spring and autumn.

Weekly occurence of Short-toed Lark from BirdTrack
Weekly occurrence patterns (shaded cells) and reporting rates (vertical bars) based on BirdTrack data. Reporting rates give the likelihood of encountering the species each week.


Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.


Lifecycle and body size information about Short-toed Lark, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.


Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.


Sample sizes are too small to report Biometrics for this species.

Feather measurements and photos on featherbase


For information in another language (where available) click on a linked name

Welsh: Ehedydd Llwyd
Catalan: terrerola comuna
Czech: skrivánek krátkoprstý
Danish: Korttået Lærke
Dutch: Kortteenleeuwerik
Estonian: välja-väikelõoke
Finnish: lyhytvarvaskiuru
French: Alouette calandrelle
German: Kurzzehenlerche
Hungarian: szikipacsirta
Icelandic: Sandlævirki
Irish: Fuiseog Ladharghearr
Italian: Calandrella
Latvian: ispirkstu cirulis
Lithuanian: didysis trumpapirštis vieversys
Norwegian: Dverglerke
Polish: skowronczyk krótkopalcowy
Portuguese: calhandrinha
Slovak: škovránka krátkoprstá
Slovenian: kratkoprsti škrjancek
Spanish: Terrera común
Swedish: korttålärka

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