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Spanish Larks

Observed: 11th May 2009 By: SomersetWandererSomersetWanderer’s reputation in BirdsSomersetWanderer’s reputation in BirdsSomersetWanderer’s reputation in BirdsSomersetWanderer’s reputation in Birds
Lark A
Lark B
Lark C
Description:

Three different birds, photos taken in Cadiz province in May of this year. Have considered several identities however my research on Birdguides photo library has left me confused. Thought I would offer them up for comment here.

Identifications
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Comments

dshubble's picture

Difficult larks!

Not too sure but photo A does look like a Crested Lark to me, going by the crest and lower mandible shape. B might be the same (partly raised crest still looks pointed, also lower mandible shape again) but I really can't tell for C.

SomersetWanderer's picture

Difficult Larks!

Thanks for the comments - I was also thinking about Thekla Larks which are reported in the general area.

dshubble's picture

Difficult Larks!

Yes, I also considered theklas, though the lower mandible shape is different as far as I can tell. They are very similar species!

bobthebirder's picture

larks

Yes, I'd go for Crested, on the basis of the long bill. The agricultural habitat is right as well, Theklas apparently preferring more arid places.

Bob Ford

Apus's picture

Larks

I also reckon the first two are Cresteds but the third could be Thekla on the heavy breast streaking.