Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Lark-like Brushrunner (Coryphistera alaudina)


French: Annumbi alouette German: Chaco-Buschläufer Spanish: Espinero crestudo

Coryphistera alaudina


, 1860,

no locality = near Paraná, Brazil


Genetic data#R#R indicate sister relationship with Anumbius. Validity of race campicola sometimes questioned; may represent only clinal extreme in variation, as suggested by mensural data, but quantitative analysis of plumage characters required. Two subspecies tentatively recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. a. campicola Todd, 1915 – SE Bolivia (Chuquisaca, S Santa Cruz) and W Paraguay.
  • C. a. alaudina Burmeister, 1860 – S Bolivia (Tarija), N & E Argentina (Salta and Chaco S to Mendoza, La Pampa and S Buenos Aires), NW Uruguay and extreme SE Brazil (W Rio Grande do Sul).
  • Descriptive notes

    15–17 cm; 27–42 g. Crested, terrestrial furnariid with unusual facial pattern, general appearance very like that of a lark (Alaudidae). Has whitish area extending... read more


    Primary vocalization described as a high-pitched, tremulous, tinkling trill, “rrrrrew” or “croe,... read more


    Arid lowland scrub; arid Chaco and monte woodland; ranges into adjacent agricultural... read more

    Food and feeding

    Recorded food items are Coleoptera (especially Curculionidae; also Elateridae), Orthoptera, Hemiptera, spiders, and snail shells; some... read more


    Season during austral spring-summer; eggs from late Sept to Jan and nestlings in Oct in Argentina. Perhaps monogamous; “extra” birds in... read more


    Mainly resident; some local movement to N in austral winter.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common to abundant in much of its range. Occurs in several protected areas, e.g. Chancaní Natural Reserve, in Argentina.

    Recommended citation

    Remsen, J.V., Jr (2019). Lark-like Brushrunner (Coryphistera alaudina). 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 10 December 2019).