3 May 2019

Camouflaged Desert Larks – Jebal Hamrah

Whilst walking around the Judah area we located tens of Desert Larks often in pairs and almost all were of the pale subspecies azizi which is the palest form of all the subspecies and matches almost perfectly with the limestone rocks and scree of the escarpment. As can be seen from one of the photos below they blend in to the background perfectly with their plumage matching that of the limestone cliffs and rocks. They prefer arid hills, stony or rocky slopes with sparse vegetation and can often be located by their constant calling. Birds were seen along the entire length of the escarpment and although never common should be located if looked for carefully enough.
Desert_Lark

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