Family Larks (Alaudidae)

Least Concern

Kordofan Lark (Mirafra cordofanica)


French: Alouette du Kordofan German: Kordofanlerche Spanish: Alondra del Kordofán

Mirafra cordofanica


, 1852,

Kordofan, Sudan




Mauritania and N Senegal E to Mali, N Burkina Faso and W Niger, also E Chad, S Sudan and N South Sudan.

Descriptive notes

14 cm. Fairly small, compact lark with distinctive golden-rufous upperparts only lightly streaked darker brown. Has buffish-white supercilium and face with only narrow dark... read more


Male song a series of varied notes, including chirps, whistles and trills, similar to that of M... read more


Arid areas; occurs on red sands in sandy soils with scattered grasses and shrubs. Often associated... read more

Food and feeding

Seeds and insects; forages on ground.


Very little known. Displaying reported May–Aug, associated with summer rains in the Sahel; in Burkina Faso, singing occurred despite... read more


Poorly known. Probably opportunistically nomadic, moving in response to local rain events, but at... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon or rare throughout range. No documented records from E Niger and W Chad, but it may occur sporadically throughout this area. Although no... read more

Recommended citation

Ryan, P. & Christie, D.A. (2019). Kordofan Lark (Mirafra cordofanica). 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 12 December 2019).