Chunky ground-dwelling songbird with large-headed, short-tailed profile, found in arid open areas such as deserts and steppe. Readily confused with other large larks, but look for the bulky, dark-tipped bill, rounded ear patch, and a black band below the throat with a break in the middle. Calandra Lark is similar but shows a bright white edge to the trailing edge of the wing and blackish underwings in flight. Song is a long series of grating warbles, whistles, and twitters. Calls are buzzy and rather deep.