French: Alouette à nuque rousse German: Kurzhaubenlerche Spanish: Alondra nuquirrufa
Algoa Bay, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
M. a. henrici
Bates, 1930 – NW & SE Guinea, N Sierra Leone, N Liberia and extreme W Ivory Coast.
M. a. batesi
Bannerman, 1923 – SE Niger, W Chad and C (possibly also NE) Nigeria.
M. a. ruwenzoria
Kinnear, 1921 – E DRCongo and SW Uganda.
M. a. athi
E. J. O. Hartert, 1900 – C Kenya and N Tanzania.
M. a. harterti
Neumann, 1908 – S Kenya.
M. a. occidentalis
(Hartlaub, 1857) – W Angola.
M. a. kabalii
C. M. N. White, 1943 – E Angola (Lunda Sul and N Moxico) and NW Zambia (Balovale).
M. a. gomesi
C. M. N. White, 1944 – E Angola (E Moxico) and W Zambia (Kabompo).
M. a. chapini
C. H. B. Grant & Mackworth-Praed, 1939 – SE DRCongo and NW Zambia.
M. a. isolata
Clancey, 1956 – SE Malawi.
M. a. pallida
Sharpe, 1902 – S Angola (SW Cuando Cubango) and N Namibia.
M. a. ghansiensis
(Roberts, 1932) – E Namibia and W Botswana.
M. a. grisescens
Sharpe, 1902 – N Botswana, W Zambia and NW Zimbabwe.
M. a. transvaalensis
E. J. O. Hartert, 1900 – S Tanzania and Mozambique S to N South Africa.
M. a. africana
A. Smith, 1836 – Rufous-naped Lark – SE South Africa.
M. a. kurrae
Lynes, 1923 – Sudan Lark – SW Sudan.
M. a. bamendae
Serle, 1959 – W Cameroon, possibly also adjacent E Nigeria.
M. a. stresemanni
Bannerman, 1923 – Bamenda Lark – C Cameroon (Adamawa Plateau).
M. a. malbranti
Chapin, 1946 – Malbrant's Lark – E Gabon, SC Congo and adjacent SW DRCongo.
M. a. tropicalis
E. J. O. Hartert, 1900 – Serengeti Lark – E Uganda, SW Kenya and NW Tanzania.
M. a. nyikae
Benson, 1939 – NE Zambia, adjacent SW Tanzania and N Malawi.
M. a. nigrescens
Reichenow, 1900 – Blackish Lark – S Tanzania (Kitulu Plateau).
16–20 cm; male 40–55 g, female 33–49 g. Fairly large, robust lark with short erectile crest, rufous flight-feathers forming prominent rufous panel on folded... read more
Male (of most races) has short (0·9–1·2 seconds), simple song, “tlee... read more
Wide range of grassy habitats from sea-level to 3000 m, including savanna and open woodland,... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, including grasshoppers (Acrididae), caterpillars, beetles (Coleoptera), termites (Isoptera), mantids, dipteran larvae, also other... read more
Season mostly Nov–Feb and Apr–Aug, but mainly Oct–Feb in S Africa (overall Aug–Mar in Zambia), and Sept–Dec... read more
Resident. Pairs remain on territories and males sing throughout year.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally common; widespread in S, becoming more patchy and localized farther N. Race isolate very poorly known and... read more
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