Family Larks (Alaudidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-rumped Lark (Pinarocorys erythropygia)


French: Alouette à queue rousse German: Rotbürzellerche Spanish: Alondra colirrufa

Alauda erythropygia


, 1852,

Kordofan, Sudan


Previously treated as conspecific with P. nigricans. Monotypic.


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.

Descriptive notes

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.

Recommended citation

Ryan, P. (2020). Rufous-rumped Lark (Pinarocorys erythropygia). 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 22 February 2020).