French: Alouette brune German: Drossellerche Spanish: Alondra oscura
Aapies River, Pretoria, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
P. n. occidentis
Clancey, 1968 – SW DRCongo and N Angola; migrates S as far as Namibia.
P. n. nigricans
(Sundevall, 1850) – SE DRCongo, SW Tanzania and NW Zambia; migrates S as far as South Africa and Mozambique.
19–20 cm; male 30–46 g, female 31–41 g. Large, slender, thrush-like lark with striking facial pattern, very dark upperparts and boldly streaked breast... read more
Male song, in flight, a rather tuneless, burry “zhreeep” or “drree-up”.
Breeds in miombo woodland and Uapaca savanna, typically where there is rather little... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly insects, a few seeds. Insect prey include both worker and alate termites (Isoptera), beetles (Coleoptera), grasshoppers (Acrididae)... read more
Breeds in dry season, Aug–Oct. Singing male displays over territory of c. 2·5 ha. Nest a deep cavity, probably excavated by the bird... read more
Inter-African migrant. After breeding in C Africa in Jul–Oct dry season, disperses S & E... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common; numbers vary from one year to another in some areas. Rather irregular in many parts of non-breeding range. Despite early reports of... read more
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