Calandra Lark Melanocorypha calandra   [Linnaeus, 1766]

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Order: Passeriformes Family: Alaudidae
BTO Codes: , CALLA EURING No: 9610
Number in Britain: Fewer than 20 records
Conservation Status:
UK: Not Assessed
European: 3 Concern, most not in Europe; Declining
Global: (Details)
Status in UK: (A)  Accidental
Subspecies: undetermined recorded in Britain (of 4 subsp. in the world)
Length: 18 cm Wingspan: 38 cm Weight: M/F: 60 g    
Scientific name from: Gr.: melas=black + koruphos=lark and Gr.: calandra=the calandra lark
World Distribution: s Europe, n Africa, sw Asia
Habitat: Dry open country, grassland, farmland
Diet: Summer, mostly insects, winter seeds and grass shoots
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Records and Distribution

First Record: Dorset, 1961 (Ash, J.S. 1962. British Birds 55:44-46)
Total Number of Records (1950-2007): 12 Summary of Records by Year
Most Likely to Occur in: April
Most Recent County Records:
   Scotland: Fife (2006), Outer Hebrides (1994), Orkney (2002), Shetland (2007),
   North-east England: Northumberland (1999), East Yorkshire (2004),
   North-west England:
   English Midlands:
   Eastern England: Norfolk (1997),
   South-east England:
   South-west England: Dorset (1961), Isles of Scilly (1996),

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Other Names

Gaelic: Welsh:
Danish: Kalanderlærke Dutch: Kalanderleeuwerik
Finnish: Arokiuru French: Alouette calandre
German: Kalanderlerche Hungarian: Kalandrapacsirta
Icelandic: Sunnulævirki Irish:
Italian: Calandra Norwegian: Kalanderlerke
Polish: Kalandra szara Portuguese: Calhandra-comum
Spanish: Calandria común Swedish: Kalanderlärka

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