Family Larks (Alaudidae)

Least Concern

Pink-breasted Lark (Calendulauda poecilosterna)


French: Alouette à poitrine rose German: Fahlbrustlerche Spanish: Alondra pechirrosa

Alauda poecilosterna


, 1879,

Kibaradja, Tana River, Kenya


Formerly placed in Mirafra, but genetic data situate it in Calendulauda. Geographical variation in plumage tone, darkest and richest in S; birds from extreme N of range (SE Sudan E to S Somalia) previously treated as race australoabyssinica and others from rest of range (except N & E Kenya) as massaica, but differences minimal. Monotypic.


Extreme SE South Sudan and S Ethiopia E to S Somalia, S to NE Uganda, much of Kenya and NE Tanzania.

Descriptive notes

15–16 cm; 23–26 g. Rather peculiar lark with shape like that of a pipit (Anthus), having slender bill, long tail, comparatively plain plumage, rather... read more


Song a monotonous, simple series of 6–8 squeaky notes, accelerating and descending in pitch... read more


Arid acacia (Acacia) and Commiphora savanna and scrub, typically in areas with... read more

Food and feeding

Food mostly insects, including large numbers of termites (Isoptera); some seeds. Feeds on ground, mostly by picking items from soil surface.


Breeds during rains, laying dates Dec–Jan and Mar–Jun. Monogamous and territorial. Male typically sings from elevated perch,... read more


Resident; remains in pairs and holds territories throughout year.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common in most areas. Its range has almost certainly decreased as a result of agriculture, as it avoids open fields and croplands.

Recommended citation

Ryan, P. (2020). Pink-breasted Lark (Calendulauda poecilosterna). 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 20 February 2020).