French: Alouette polyglotte German: Riesenlerche Spanish: Alondra alirroja
Kibaradja, Tana River, Kenya
Subspecies and Distribution
M. h. gallarum
E. J. O. Hartert, 1907 – C Ethiopia (Rift Valley around Awash area).
M. h. kathangorensis
Cave, 1940 – SW Ethiopia and adjacent SE South Sudan.
M. h. kidepoensis
Macdonald, 1940 – NE Uganda and adjacent SE South Sudan.
M. h. hypermetra
(Reichenow, 1879) – Kenya, S Somalia and NE Tanzania.
21–23 cm; 44–68 g. Large, robust lark with fairly long, stout bill and long tail; sometimes shows small crest when singing. Nominate race has prominent buffy... read more
Song loud, far-carrying whistles, in series 1–15 seconds long (mean 3 seconds), same motif... read more
Savanna and grassland with scattered trees, to 1350 m. Typically in drier habitats and at lower... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, including termites (Isoptera), also some seeds. Feeds on ground; occasionally jumps into air in pursuit of flying insects.
Breeds in Nov–Jan in E Africa and in Jun in Somalia. Monogamous and territorial, singing throughout year. Male has short, laboured... read more
Apparently resident, but may undertake local movements. At Ngulia Lodge, in Kenya, one flew to... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common in suitable habitat within relatively restricted range.
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