Family Larks (Alaudidae)

Least Concern

Collared Lark (Mirafra collaris)


French: Alouette à collier German: Halsbandlerche Spanish: Alondra acollarada

Mirafra collaris


, 1896,

Aimola, north-east Kenya


Affinities to M. apiata and M. fasciolata suggested by clapping display-flight, although wing-clapping also reported in unrelated Chersophilus duponti#R. Preliminary genetic data suggest affinities with Calendulauda, but species was not sampled by most recent and comprehensive molecular study#R. Monotypic.


SE & S Ethiopia, Somalia and NE & E Kenya.

Descriptive notes

13–15 cm. Plain rufous lark with distinctive black breastband. Has face quite well marked, with prominent whitish supercilium; crown and ear-coverts rufous, nape and... read more


Male song a plaintive, ascending whistle that increases in volume, then fades away, usually uttered... read more


Semi-arid savanna, grassland with scattered shrubs, and open acacia (Acacia) and ... read more

Food and feeding

Grasshoppers (Acrididae), caterpillars, other insects, also seeds. Feeds on ground; reluctant to fly, runs off rapidly if pursued.


Nests with eggs found in May in Ethiopia and Somalia; displays in Oct in Kenya. Probably monogamous. Displaying male rises steeply from... read more


Presumably resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common. Density of 1–2 displaying males/ha recorded after rain. No clear threats known.

Recommended citation

Ryan, P. (2020). Collared Lark (Mirafra collaris). 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 26 February 2020).