French: Alouette à queue rousse German: Rotbürzellerche Spanish: Alondra colirrufa
C Guinea and E Sierra Leone, E to South Sudan and NW Uganda; migrates N to Sahel and arid savanna from S Mali, E to N Niger, N Chad and C Sudan.
18 cm; 30 g. Distinctive, medium-large, slender, thrush-like lark with striking facial pattern; frequently dangles its legs in flight. Has supercilium and most of face... read more
Male song, in aerial display, a series of piping whistles, “tseoo tseoo” or “tsit... read more
Breeds in open broadleaf woodland and savanna; mostly in more arid savanna in non-breeding period (... read more
Food and feeding
Insects, including grasshoppers (Acrididae). Forages mostly on ground; runs from one spot to another. Often perches on top of a tree when... read more
Little known. Breeds in Dec–Feb. Probably monogamous; territorial. Male sings during aerial display, rising from perch on tree,... read more
Intra-African migrant. Typically breeds in more mesic habitats in S of range during Oct–Apr... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally fairly common. Its occurrence in many parts of range is rather erratic from one year to another. A rather poorly known species.
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