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crested larks of Eurasia present quite an identification problem where they
overlap each other. In Morocco the common Crested Lark is found close to the
local Thekla Lark, but they usually
occupy subtly different habitats. Crested Lark prefers sparsely-vegetated
environments, both in the lowlands and on lower mountain slopes. Thekla Lark is
a denizen of the high barren plains that are mostly devoid of any vegetation.
Thekla Lark has a shorter crest and smaller bill, and in flight look for the
dull grayish underwing coverts (contrastingly buffy on Crested Lark).
Photograph by Martin Reid©