Family Grasshopper-warblers and Grassbirds (Locustellidae)

Least Concern

Brown Songlark (Cincloramphus cruralis)


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

Megalurus cruralis

Vigors and Horsfield

, 1827,

Sidney, Australia




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


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


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


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


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. (2019). 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 on 27 May 2019).