Thekla’s Lark

This southern European (and African) lark is extremely similar to Crested Lark, and can be hard to identify even with decent views. It was named as recently as 1857 by the German zoologist Alfred Edmund Brehm in honour of his late sister, Thekla. The bird’s name has historically often been written as Thekla Lark, but seems to more accurately reflect its origin if called Thekla’s Lark (as suggested by the species name theklae).

BIOSPHOTO/Alamy

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