French: Moinelette à front blanc German: Weißstirnlerche Spanish: Terrera negrita
Pyrrhalauda [sic] nigriceps
São Tiago, Cape Verde Islands
Subspecies and Distribution
E. n. nigriceps
(Gould, 1839) – Cape Verde Is.
E. n. albifrons
(Sundevall, 1850) – Western Sahara, Mauritania and Senegal E to Sudan (E to R Nile).
E. n. melanauchen
(Cabanis, 1851) – E Sudan E to extreme S Iraq, Kuwait and C & S Arabian Peninsula, and S to Somalia and Socotra.
E. n. affinis
(Blyth, 1867) – SE Iran E to Pakistan and NW India.
10–11 cm; 12–16 g. Small, sexually dimorphic lark resembling a finch (Fringillidae); diagnostic white forehead, rarely absent (one bird from Sudan). Adult male... read more
Male song, in aerial display or from low vantage such as bush or rock on ground, considerably... read more
Arid and semi-arid plains with scattered grass and other low-lying vegetation; prefers sandy soils... read more
Food and feeding
Primarily seeds of grasses and other plants; also insects and other invertebrates, including grasshoppers (Acrididae), beetles (Coleoptera... read more
Nesting mostly in association with rainfall, typically in summer in most of range, but also opportunistically, whenever conditions suitable... read more
Most populations, even small island ones, subject to some local movements, following favourable... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common throughout much of range. Breeding density up to 1 pair/3 ha in favourable conditions. Desertification in W Africa has led to... read more
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