French: Alouette mélodieuse German: Spottlerche Spanish: Alondra melodiosa
A. Smith, 1843,
no locality = Latakoo, northern South Africa.
See M. passerina. Monotypic.
C Zimbabwe and E South Africa.
12 cm. Small, fairly compact lark with distinct pale supercilium contrasting with brown ear-coverts. Crown and upperparts are buffy brown, streaked darker brown; flight-... read more
Male song, typically delivered in protracted aerial display but also from low perch (including... read more
Grassland slopes; avoids wetter lowlands. Prefers more open grassland, with open spaces between... read more
Food and feeding
Seeds, mostly of grasses, also some insects. Feeds on ground.
Sept–Mar (mainly Nov–Jan) in South Africa and Jan–Mar in Zimbabwe. Probably monogamous and territorial; in favoured... read more
Apparently largely resident, but seasonal fluctuations in numbers may indicate some movement;... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted to well-managed grasslands, and hence patchily distributed, with estimated maximum range of 110,000 km2. Range has... read more
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