Family Larks (Alaudidae)

Least Concern

Madagascar Lark (Eremopterix hova)


French: Moinelette malgache German: Madagaskarlerche Spanish: Alondra malgache
Other common names: Madagascar Sparrow-lark

Mirafra hova


, 1860,

St Augustine Bay, Madagascar


Previously treated in Mirafra; genetic data unexpectedly place this species within Eremopterix, although its precise relationship to the other taxa therein remains uncertain#R. Monotypic.



Descriptive notes

13 cm. Rather small, compact lark with shortish, stout bill. Plumage is pale brown, streaked dark brown, above, contour feathers having buff fringes in fresh plumage (but... read more


Male has varied, musical song, typically delivered in display-flight, also from perch or even on... read more


Virtually any open habitat, ranging from grassland and dry shrubland to open woodland, and roads;... read more

Food and feeding

Diet little recorded; seeds, e.g. grass seeds and rice, and insects, including grasshoppers (Acrididae). Forages on ground, occasionally... read more


Breeding occurs throughout the year. Monogamous. Male advertises territory primarily through aerial display, circling, or flying into the... read more


Little known; presumably mostly resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common to abundant throughout Madagascar. Has almost certainly benefited from forest clearance, and has adapted to agricultural lands, including dry... read more

Recommended citation

Ryan, P. (2019). Madagascar Lark (Eremopterix hova). 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 14 December 2019).