Family Larks (Alaudidae)


Ash's Lark (Mirafra ashi)


French: Alouette d’Ash German: Ashlerche Spanish: Alondra de Ash

Mirafra ashi


, 1982,

Uarsciek (Uarshek), south Somalia




E coastal plain of Somalia in area of Uarshek (80 km N of Mogadishu).

Descriptive notes

17 cm; 31–42 g. Medium-sized to large lark, appearing grey-brown above with only faint wash of rufous. Has narrow, indistinct pale supercilium; in fresh plumage... read more


Undescribed; reported as often singing from tops of small bushes.


Short, open grassland in stabilized dune systems with a few scattered bushes and fossil coral... read more

Food and feeding

Diet unknown. Runs across open ground between grass tufts; frequently perches on tops of tufts.


A female had enlarged ovaries in Jul, but was also in active wing and tail moult. No other information; nest and eggs undescribed.


Unknown; presumably resident.

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in Central Somali Coast EBA. Known to occur only in area just N of Uarshek, where it was reported as locally common in 1980s;... read more

Recommended citation

Ryan, P. (2019). Ash's Lark (Mirafra ashi). 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 on 20 November 2019).