Family Grasshopper-warblers and Grassbirds (Locustellidae)

Least Concern

Brown Songlark (Cincloramphus cruralis)


Taxonomy

French: Mégalure brune German: Schwarzbauch-Schilfsänger Spanish: Yerbera parda
Taxonomy:

Megalurus cruralis

Vigors and Horsfield

, 1827,

Sidney, Australia

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

Australia, breeding almost entirely S of Tropic of Capricorn; non-breeding across much of interior.

Descriptive notes

Male 24–26 cm, 70–84 g; female 18–20 cm, 25–30 g. A relatively long-legged terrestrial warbler exhibiting strong sexual dimorphism in both size and... read more

Voice

Song, delivered in flight or from a perch, all day long in breeding season, an almost metallic... read more

Habitat

Open, treeless grassy plains and inland saltbush (Atriplex) steppe with shrubby cover and... read more

Food and feeding

Bulk of diet small invertebrates, notably small grasshoppers (Orthoptera) and beetles (Coleoptera) and their larvae; variety of small seeds... read more

Breeding

Season Sept–Feb; sometimes two broods. Male mates with several females. In song flight, male rises into sky with tremulous wingbeats... read more

Movements

Strongly migratory and nomadic; after breeding, disperses N and follows a nomadic existence, moving... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally quite common, but more abundant in some years than in others owing to somewhat nomadic existence. Presence in many areas depends on local... read more

Recommended citation

Madge, S. (2018). Brown Songlark (Cincloramphus cruralis). 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/58715 on 20 October 2018).