Family Larks (Alaudidae)

Least Concern

Dunn's Lark (Eremalauda dunni)


French: Alouette de Dunn German: Einödlerche Spanish: Alondra de Dunn

Calendula dunni


, 1904,

Ogageh Wells, Kordofan, Sudan


Sometimes placed in Ammomanes, and has been considered close to Ammomanopsis grayi, but genetic data refute these putative relationships#R. Until recently considered conspecific with E. eremodites (which see). Monotypic.


S edge of Sahara in SW Western Sahara#R, Mauritania, N & C Mali, S Niger, NC Chad and C Sudan.

Descriptive notes

14–15 cm. Small but relatively bulky lark with sand-coloured plumage, strong facial pattern, heavy deep-based bill quite large (around half of head length), strongly... read more


Male song, from ground or low perch, a rapid repetition of chirping and dry notes mixed with... read more


Open arid lowlands, flat or undulating, and with gravel or compacted sandy soils; avoids broken... read more

Food and feeding

Few data. Diet mainly small seeds (Panicum turgidum and others), but stomach of one individual from Mali contained insects.... read more


Very poorly known. Season determined by rainfall; nesting recorded in Oct–Jan, after rains, in Mauritania, but season probably mainly... read more


Resident; some nomadic movements occur, probably related to drought conditions. Wanders in usually... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Status difficult to assess; generally uncommon and irregular in most of fragmented range, but possibly under-recorded owing to... read more

Recommended citation

de Juana, E., Suárez, F. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Dunn's Lark (Eremalauda dunni). 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 28 February 2020).