French: Alouette masquée German: Maskenlerche Spanish: Alondra enmascarada
Sassabana, Milmil, Ogaden, Ethiopia.
Four subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
S. p. personata
Sharpe, 1895 – E Ethiopia.
S. p. yavelloensis#R
(Benson, 1947) – S Ethiopia and N Kenya (S to Dida Galgalu Desert).
S. p. mcchesneyi
(J. G. Williams, 1957) – Marsabit Plateau, in N Kenya.
S. p. intensa
(Rothschild, 1931) – C Kenya.
15 cm; 20 g. Smallish, dark lark with heavy, pinkish bill, distinctive black facial markings. Nominate race has black mask from base of bill to area around eye and extending... read more
Call, given on ground or in flight, described as rolling “chew-chi chew, chew”, “tew tew tutew tew... read more
Arid plains on black or red lava and black-cotton soils. Prefers areas with little shrub or grass... read more
Food and feeding
Grass seeds, bulbs and corms; also some insects, including grasshopper (Acrididae) egg cases. Feeds on the ground; presumably used heavy... read more
One specimen with well-developed egg in oviduct in Jul. No other information.
Poorly known; presumably resident and locally nomadic.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common. Poorly known species; fieldwork required in order to ascertain details of breeding biology and ecology. Occurs in several protected... read more
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