Oriental Skylark
Scientific Name 
Alauda gulgula
Arabic Name 
قبرة الحقول الصغيرة
Kuwaiti name 
16.0 cm
Least Concern
Kuwait Specialty
Similar species 


Scarce disperser in autumn, winter and spring. Remarkably similar to Eurasian Skylark save for a distinctive buzzing call, short primary wing projection, and warmer colouration. This bird occurs in very small numbers and is less shy than Eurasian Skylark.
Where in Kuwait 
Often found in small numbers amongst flocks of Eurasian Skylark in irrigated farmlands and arable land and also along the coast in the Jahra Bay area. If it is not seen, often it's distinctive call will announce its presence. It can be distinguished from the very similar (and more widely known) Eurasian Skylark by its smaller size, shorter tail feathers and longer bill.
In the world 
It has an extremely large range with a population is suspected to be in decline owing to ongoing habitat loss. It is found throughout many parts of Asia, from Iran to China, and it is also occasionally found in Israel and the Arabian Peninsula. It is not a particularly social bird; although it will pair for mating it is rarely seen in flocks, even during migration.
Local threats 
Pesticides and loss and degradation of habitat