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Crested Lark Galerida cristata

Described by: Linnaeus (1758)
Alternate common name(s): Common Crested-lark
Old scientific name(s): None known by website authors


Algarve, Portugal - Jul, 2002 © Michel Rogg  Urim, Israel - Mar, 2001 © Alain Fossť  Urim, Israel - Mar, 2001 © Alain Fossť  Urim, Israel - Mar, 2001 © Alain Fossť  Morocco - Jan, 1994 © Giuliano Gerra and Silvio Sommazzi 
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C. and s. Europe, n. Africa, Middle East across c. Asia to Korea.
Extensive fragmented distribution;
(1) C. Europe in Denmark and ex. S. Sweden e. to Belarus s. in Germany to France, n. Italy, the former Yugoslavia, n. Hungary, Crimea, and n. Ukraine. ).
(2) Spain and Portugal.
(3) W. Italy (Toscana s. to the area of Rome).
(4) S. peninsular Italy and Sicily.
(5) E. Hungary and Romania e. to s. Russia s. to n. Caucasus region and w. Kazakhstan.
(6) S. former Yugoslavia s. to Greece including Ionian Is. and Crete and w. Turkey.
(7) E. Aegean Is. (Samothraki s. to Samos), n. Turkey, s. Caucasus, and w. Transcaucasia.
(8) C. Turkey e. to s. Transcaucasia, nw. Iran and w. Turkmenistan, and s. to n. and e. Iraq.
(9) Rhodes, Karpathos, and Cyprus.
(10) S. Turkey, Syria, e. Lebanon, and e. Israel s. to Jerusalem.
(11) W. Lebanon s. from Beirut, and nw. Israel (Mt. Carmel and Haifa).
(12) S. Kazakhstan e. to s. Siberia, s. Mongolia and n. China (Xinjiang e. to n. Gansu and Inner Mongolia).
(13) Ne. China (Manchuria).
(14) Korea.
(15) C. Turkmenistan and c. and s. Iran e. to s. Tadjikistan, Afghanistan and nw. Pakistan.
(16) Nw. India (Kashmir in the Gilgit Valley).
(17) Nw. Morocco e. to the Rif Mountains and s. to the Middle Atlas Mountains.
(18) W. Morocco (Casablanca s. to Sous Valley).
(19) Coastal ne. Morocco, n. Algeria and n. Tunisia e. to Sousse.
(20) E. Morocco (Hauts Plateaux e. to the upper Moulouya River) and nw. Algeria.
(21) S. Morocco and nw. Algeria s. of the Atlas Saharien e. to Laghouat and Ghardaia, and s. to wc. Mauritania (Atar area).
(22) Coastal w. Mauretania.
(23) Se. Algeria in the Sahara e. from Biskra and Ouargla, s. Tunisia s. of Gafsa and Sfax, and nw. Libya (Tripolitania).
(24) Se. Algeria and probably adjacent se. Libya.
(25) Coastal ne. Libya from Benghazi e. to Tubruq.
(26) Ne. Libya (inland Cyrenaica), coastal n. Egypt e. to Alexandria, n. Sinai Peninsula and s. Israel (Negev and Dead Sea region), e. to s. Iraq and n. Saudi Arabia.
(27) N. Egypt (Nile Delta).
(28) C. Egypt from Cairo s. to Aswan.
(29) S. Egypt s. from Aswan to ex. n. Sudan (Wadi Halfa).
(30) S. Mauritania, Senegambia, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Mali, and Guinea-Bissau e. to Niger.
(31) N. Niger (Air Mountains).
(32) N. Nigeria, n. Cameroon e. in s. Chad to ne. Central African Republic and w. Sudan.
(33) N. Chad and c. Sudan (Kordofan e. to the Nile River).
(34) E. Sudan e. from the Nile Valley to n. Ethiopia and Eritrea.
(35) N. Somalia, sc. Ethiopia and n. Kenya.
(36) S. and perhaps w. Arabia.
(37) E. Pakistan, n. and nw. India from s. Kashmir foothills e. to Bihar and s. Nepal.


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Location unknown - Date unknown Source: ETI BioInformatics


Clements, James F. Birds of the World: A Checklist. Vista, CA: Ibis Publishing Company, 2000.


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