French: Moinelette à oreillons blancs German: Weißwangenlerche Spanish: Terrera orejiblanca
coast of Eritrea
Subspecies and Distribution
E. l. melanocephalus
(M. H. C. Lichtenstein, 1823) – S Mauritania, Senegambia and SE Guinea-Bissau#R E to C & S Sudan.
E. l. leucotis
(Stanley, 1814) – South Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea and NW Somalia.
E. l. madaraszi
(Reichenow, 1902) – NE Uganda, Kenya, coastal S Somalia, Tanzania, C Malawi and NW Mozambique.
E. l. hoeschi
C. M. N. White, 1959 – S Angola, N Namibia, W Zambia, N Botswana and NW Zimbabwe.
E. l. smithi
(Bonaparte, 1850) – E Zambia, S Malawi, W & C Mozambique, E Zimbabwe, E Botswana and E South Africa.
12–14 cm; 12–21 g. Small, sexually dimorphic lark with appearance like that of a finch (Fringillidae). Adult male nominate race has head mostly black, with large... read more
Male song rather monotonous “shrimp zzt zzt zrit”, final note higher-pitched; also gives sweet,... read more
Short, open grassland, and semi-arid savanna. Favours bare ground, burnt areas, fallow fields and... read more
Food and feeding
Food mostly grass seeds; grasshoppers (Acrididae) and other insects taken primarily when feeding chicks. In a study in the Limpopo province... read more
Mostly Oct–Mar in N; during dry season, Mar–Sept, in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi; in South Africa often earlier, mostly Mar... read more
Mostly nomadic; some populations resident, others perhaps fully migratory. In W Africa, post-... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common to common throughout much of its range, but scarce and erratic at the periphery. Risk of potential threat from habitat... read more
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