Family Larks (Alaudidae)

Data Deficient

Obbia Lark (Spizocorys obbiensis)


French: Alouette d’Obbia German: Obbialerche Spanish: Alondra de Obbia

Spizocorys obbiensis


, 1905,

Obbia, Somalia




Coastal plain of C Somalia (50 km S of Jariban S to Halhambe).

Descriptive notes

12 cm; 12–16 g. Small, compact lark with rather stout bill; crouched feeding posture, recalling a canary (Serinus) or other finch. Has prominent whitish... read more


Flight call “tip-tip”; song unknown.


Vegetated coastal dunes, also open coastal plain with heavily grazed grass and scrub farther inland... read more

Food and feeding

Diet unknown; probably consists largely of seeds. Feeds on the ground, in typical crouched posture; also creeps over low mats of vegetation... read more


May–Jul and Nov–Dec in years with sufficent rainfall. Nest an open cup, variably lined with vegetation, fluffy seeds and even... read more


Unknown. Possibly resident, but often occurs in flocks of up to 30 birds, even during breeding... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Data Deficient. Restricted-range species: present in Central Somali Coast EBA. No recent information on the species’... read more

Recommended citation

Ryan, P. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Obbia Lark (Spizocorys obbiensis). 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 26 February 2020).