Few European ornithologists have had the opportunity to observe-the White-winged Lark Melanocorypha leucoptera in the field. As a resuit, the species is little known, and difficulties have occurred with the identification of vagrants in the West. On a visit to central Kazakhstan in June 1983, I was able to watch about 50 White-winged Larks and to make direct comparisons with Skylarks Alauda arvens

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