French: Moinelette d’Oustalet German: Harlekinlerche Spanish: Terrera señalada
Subspecies and Distribution
E. s. signatus
(Oustalet, 1886) – E & S Ethiopia, N, C & S Somalia and E Kenya.
E. s. harrisoni
(Ogilvie-Grant, 1900) – extreme SE South Sudan and NW Kenya.
11–12 cm; 16 g. Small, sexually dimorphic lark resembling a finch (Fringillidae). Adult male is strikingly marked, head and breast boldly patterned black and white,... read more
Male has short twittering song; also reported as giving series of rising, mournful notes as well as... read more
Semi-arid and arid plains with grassland, savanna, and clearings in open woodland, from sea-level... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly grass seeds; chicks fed with at least some insects. Forages on the ground. In flocks of up to 40 individuals outside breeding season... read more
Apr–Jul. Probably monogamous; nests singly. Male performs aerial display 6–10 m above territory. Nest an open cup built from... read more
Resident and locally nomadic. Apparently largely sedentary in core of range, but subject to... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally fairly common, but usually outnumbered by E. nigriceps. Can be locally abundant when conditions are favourable. Irruptions into... read more
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