One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large Eurasian lark with a stout bill and a black patch on each side of the neck.
Genus Melanocorypha, family Alaudidae: two species, in particular M. calandra
- ‘The Corn Bunting (Miliaria calandra) left has declined by 85% because of a severe reduction in areas of barley now sown, a crop which is a favoured site for nesting.’
- ‘However, no relationship was found between offspring sex ratio and male mating success in corn buntings Miliaria calandra or barn swallows Hirundo rustica.’
- ‘For the Emberizinae, we used Voous for the position of Emberiza calandra, and the sister species E. schoeniclus and E. yessoensis were grouped based on information in Loskot.’
- ‘For example, hoopoe larks have long decurved bills that are used for digging for insect larvae, while calandra larks have strong, stout bills that are used for eating seeds.’
Late 16th century: from Old French calandre, via medieval Latin from Greek kalandros.
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