Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Aves > Order: Passeriformes > Family: Alaudidae > Genus: Calandrella > Species: Calandrella rufescens > See subspecies
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Calandrella rufescens rufescens (Vieillot, 1820)

Lesser Short-toed Lark - Calandrella rufescens (Vieillot, 1820)

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Least Concern (IUCN)
EU Population status
Protected by EU Birds Directive and 1 other international agreement
Natura 2000 sites 17 are designated for this species
Breeding habitats
  • grassland
  • heathland and shrub
  • sparsely vegetated land
Natura 2000 species code A431


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Threat and EU population status

IUCN Red List status of threatened species

The IUCN Red List threat status assesses the risk of extinction.

EU population status

The status of the population at the EU level was evaluated at the species level; this was based on the reports delivered by Member States under Article 12 of the Birds Directive (see fact sheet below). The EU status assessment can cover several subspecies/subspecific population units. For more information, please consult the species fact sheet and link below.

IUCN Red List Category
Not Evaluated
Near Threatened
Regionally Extinct
Not Applicable
Extinct in the Wild
Data Deficient
Least Concern
Critically Endangered
Population status categories for bird species under the Birds Directive
Near Threatened, declining or depleted
Threatened (i.e. vulnerable, endangered, critically endangered, regionally extinct)
Unknown or not evaluated

Natura 2000 sites

Protected in the following Natura 2000 sites

Sitecode Country Site name Action
ES0000058 Spain el Fondo d'Elx-Crevillent Map
ES0000071 Spain Llanos de Cáceres y Sierra de Fuentes Map
ES0000096 Spain Pozo Negro Map
ES0000100 Spain La Geria Map
ES0000170 Spain Área esteparia de La Mancha norte Map
ES0000180 Spain Estepas de Monegrillo y Pina Map
ES0000181 Spain La Retuerta y Saladas de Sástago Map
ES0000183 Spain El Basal, Las Menorcas y Llanos de Cardiel Map
ES0000195 Spain Humedal del Ajauque y Rambla Salada Map
ES0000260 Spain Mar Menor Map
ES6200006 Spain Espacios Abiertos e Islas del Mar Menor Map
ES2430041 Spain Complejo Lagunar de La Salada de Chiprana Map
ES2430082 Spain Monegros Map
CY3000005 Cyprus KAVO GKREKO Map
ES6200005 Spain Humedal del Ajauque y Rambla Salada Map
ES0000484 Spain el Fondo d'Elx-Crevillent (ZEPA) Map
CY3000002 Cyprus SPA KAVO GKREKO Map

Protected sites

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Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Alouette pispolette French Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Calhandrinha-das-marismas Portuguese Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Dvärglärka Swedish Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Kleine Kortteenleeuwerik Dutch Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Lesser Short-toed Lark English Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Pikkukiuru Finnish Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Pispoletta Italian Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Stummellerche German Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Terrera Marismeña Spanish Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Vörhenyes pacsirta Hungarian Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
No synonyms available.

Other resources

CoL (accepted name) Catalogue of Life
EBCC Atlas of breeding birds European Bird Census Council's Atlas of Breeding Birds
EURing code:09700 European bird-ringing
EoL Encyclopedia of Life
Fauna Europaea Fauna Europaea
GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
ITIS (Valid name) Interagency Taxonomic Information System
NCBI search National Center for Biotechnology Information
PESI (Accepted) Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure
Wikipedia Wikipedia

External data

No external data sets available for this species
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