Dupont's lark

This is a bird of open sandy semi-desert or steppe with some grass. Its nest is on the ground, with 3-4 eggs being laid. Its food is seeds and insects.

The Dupont's lark is classified as Near Threatened (NT), is close to qualifying for or is likely to qualify for a threatened category in the near future.

The Dupont's Lark (Chersophilus duponti), is the only lark in the genus Chersophilus. It breeds across much of north Africa, from Algeria to Egypt, and in Spain and France. It is a non-migratory resident. This is a bird of open sandy semi-desert or steppe with some grass. Its nest is on the ground, with 3-4 eggs being laid. Its food is seeds and insects. Like most other larks, Dupont's Lark is an undistinguished looking species on the ground. More

View all pictures of Dupont's Lark View all pictures of Dupont's Lark show section European breeding populations (1) Dupont's Lark breeds in the following countries (Bird News Extra subscribers will see population statistics and information on trends for each country): Spain show section Products featuring Dupont's Lark (5) BWPi DVD-ROM 2.0 (DRBWP: £135.95) iDentify European Birds (disk only - mp3 player required) (AGDE: £38. More

For the purposes of our bird news services, Dupont's Lark is classed as Mega: species which have not yet occurred in the British Isles or are exceedingly rare, or are otherwise highly desirable. More

The visiting birder is here for the Dupont's Lark on the SEO reserve. However, there are enough birds to keep the visitor busy for a whole day or more. Vital Info: In reserve areas using playback to entice the Dupont's Lark closer is not recommended and in fact is rarely effective for birding purposes. Patient scanning usually gives birders the best results. There is a SEO visitor centre in the town of Belchite. Take a look. More

Dupont's Lark was uplisted last year to Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List, largely due to declines in Spain, the only European country in which it occurs (making the species one of Europe's rarest birds). Little is known about its numbers or distribution in North Africa. More

Dupont's Lark best area in Spain. This was a very hard day, because of strong winds. We stopped at several places and explored on foot and at one site we briefly heard what sounded the song of Dupont's Lark, but failed to see any. Further more, we were nearly attacked by a group of 8 dogs from a nearby shepherd. Finally, when we got to the car we found out that the carter was damaged after we hit a stone on the rough track. More

of Dupont's Lark! Next time I must have the camera ready... More

SEO has made Dupont's Lark (Chersophilus duponti) bird of the Year for 2006. Dupont's Lark is a small, shy bird with a curved beak and a characteristic nasal whistle. It inhabits the psuedo-steppes of Central and Eastern Spain, where it is a non-migratory resident, in particular the "páramos" steppe expanses of Castilla and the Ebro Valley in Castilla y León, Castilla-La Mancha, Aragón and Navarra. Its presence in Cataluña, Andalucía, Murcia and Valencia is now considered residual by SEO. More

Order : Passeriformes
Family : Alaudidae
Genus : Chersophilus
Species : duponti
Authority : (Vieillot, 1820)