Family Larks (Alaudidae)

Least Concern

Angola Lark (Mirafra angolensis)


Taxonomy

French: Alouette d’Angola German: Angolalerche Spanish: Alondra angoleña
Taxonomy:

Mirafra angolensis

Bocage

, 1880,

Caconda, Benguela, Angola

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Bears close resemblance to M. africana, but recent genetic study recovered this species as sister to M. rufocinnamomea#R. Races poorly differentiated; further research may lead to one or more being subsumed. Racial identity of birds recently observed in SW Tanzania uncertain, tentatively placed in marungensis. Proposed race minyanyae (NW Zambia) included in antonii; birds from S part of Angola (Cuando Cubango), described as race niethammeri, may be referable to M. fasciolata. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. a. angolensis Bocage, 1880 – W & C Angola.
  • M. a. antonii B. P. Hall, 1958 – E Angola, S DRCongo and NW Zambia.
  • M. a. marungensis B. P. Hall, 1958 – SE DRCongo (Marungu Plateau) and SW Tanzania (near Mumba).
  • Descriptive notes

    16–17 cm; male 35–42 g, female 30–37 g. Medium-sized, rather dark lark with fairly long, heavy bill. Has buffish lores and indistinct supercilium, dark-... read more

    Voice

    Male song a series of distinctive, buzzing trills, characteristically varying in pitch, “zi-zi-zi-... read more

    Habitat

    Montane grassland, usually in damp valleys, in much of range (W Angola, SE DRCongo, SW Tanzania).... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects, including beetles (Coleoptera) and grasshoppers (Acrididae), and seeds. Feeds on ground.

    Breeding

    Little known. Nest found in Oct; display observed mostly in Jul–Oct, but birds with enlarged gonads in Sept–Jan. Male has short... read more

    Movements

    Probably resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Poorly known species, locally common but apparently rather patchily distributed. Some of its habitat may have been lost to agriculture, but most of... read more

    Recommended citation

    Ryan, P. (2019). Angola Lark (Mirafra angolensis). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/57607 on 5 December 2019).