Bar-tailed Lark
Bar-tailed Lark
Bar-tailed Lark
Scientific Name 
Ammomanes cinctura
Arabic Name 
الحمرة سوداء الذيل
Kuwaiti name 
13.0 cm
Least Concern
Kuwait Specialty
Similar species 


Uncommon resident; breeds in Kuwait. This lark is more commonly observed than its close relative, the very similar but larger Desert Lark. A nondescript bird of the flat desert landscape.
Where in Kuwait 
It inhabits deserts with less than 100 millimetres of annual rainfall, but also occurs in semi-desert regions with stony or sandy soils and sparse or absent vegetation. Due to its small size and cryptic colouring it can be easily overlooked
In the world 
It has an extremely large range and a population that is estimated to be in decline following recorded declines in recent decades. It has has a wide, but fragmented distribution extending across northern Africa, the Arabian Peninsula and the Middle East. It is most commonly encountered foraging on the ground, usually in small flocks and in order to survive in the harsh desert environment, this species is forced to seek shade during the hottest part of the day, sometimes using burrows of the large herbivorous lizard Uromastyx aegypticus for shelter. Although it is not migratory, individuals may disperse in search of less arid areas, especially during droughts.
Local threats 
Habitat loss and degradation