Family Larks (Alaudidae)

Least Concern

Fischer's Sparrow-lark (Eremopterix leucopareia)


French: Moinelette de Fischer German: Braunscheitellerche Spanish: Terrera cariblanca

Coraphites leucopareia

G. A. Fischer and Reichenow

, 1884,

Little Arusha, Tanzania


Relationships previously considered uncertain, but recent genetic study suggests that closest relative is E. verticalis#R. Plumage varies clinally, on average darker in S, but insufficient to warrant recognition of races. Monotypic.


NE Uganda and Kenya S to extreme NE Zambia, N Malawi and extreme NW Mozambique.

Descriptive notes

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

Recommended citation

Ryan, P. (2020). Fischer's Sparrow-lark (Eremopterix leucopareia). 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 27 February 2020).