French: Moinelette de Fischer German: Braunscheitellerche Spanish: Terrera cariblanca
G. A. Fischer and Reichenow
Little Arusha, Tanzania
NE Uganda and Kenya S to extreme NE Zambia, N Malawi and extreme NW Mozambique.
11–12 cm. Small, sexually dimorphic lark with appearance like that of a finch (Fringillidae); bill slightly more slender compared with those of congeners. Adult male is... read more
Typical call a rather sharp “tsee tsit”; song has added notes, resulting in rather tuneless warble... read more
Semi-arid grassland and bare areas, including bare fields, roads and airstrips.
Food and feeding
Mostly grass seeds, with a few insects; survives well in captivity on a diet of seeds. Birds breeding at Magadi, in S Kenya, take large... read more
Season protracted, nesting mostly during Feb–Jul rainy season in N and during Apr–Aug dry season in C & S. Monogamous;... read more
Resident or local nomad; perhaps regular migration in S of range, where it visits Malawi and... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common. Up to 20 breeding pairs in 0·5 ha in areas where conditions favourable; usually occurs in flocks, even when breeding... read more
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