French: Alouette rousse German: Rostlerche Spanish: Alondra rufa
Other common names:
Juga Juga, 3000 feet [c. 915 m], 15 miles [c. 24 km] ENE of El Fasher, Darfur, Sudan
Subspecies and Distribution
M. r. nigriticola
Bates, 1932 – E Mali E to WC Niger.
M. r. rufa
Lynes, 1920 – SC Chad and W Sudan.
M. r. lynesi
C. H. B. Grant & Mackworth-Praed, 1933 – C Sudan.
13–15 cm. Small to medium-sized lark with narrow buff supercilium, dark-streaked rufous ear-coverts. Nominate race has crown and upperparts rufous, variably streaked... read more
Poorly documented; male song given in aerial display, described as “pleasing”.
Semi-arid savanna plains and open Combretum woodland on rocky ridges.
Food and feeding
Insects, including termites (Isoptera), and seeds. Forages on ground, singly or in pairs.
Little known. Display recorded in May–Jul, also Sept in Chad. Male performs protracted aerial displays, dropping steeply to ground or... read more
Apparently moves into areas after rain, but this possibly a reflection of its greater... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common in some parts of range, but generally scarce. A poorly known species.
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