Somali Short-toed Lark Alaudala somalica

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A relatively small and plain lark. Coloration varies regionally, ranging from dark brown to paler brown to rufous, but always look for a pale eyebrow and eye-ring, streaking on the breast, and a completely or partially pale bill. Found in dry grassland and semi-desert habitats, usually in flocks. Similar to Singing Bushlark, but has a slightly buffy rather than pure white outer tail, and lacks rufous patches in the wings. The flight song is a long and complicated jumble that can include imitations of other species. The call is a quick “chidup,” often given in flight. 

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