French: Alouette à queue courte German: Kurzschwanzlerche Spanish: Alondra colicorta
E. L. Phillips
Subspecies and Distribution
S. f. fremantlii
(E. L. Phillips, 1897) – Somalia and SE Ethiopia.
S. f. megaensis
(Benson, 1946) – S Ethiopia and N Kenya.
S. f. delamerei
(Sharpe, 1900) – S Kenya and N Tanzania.
14–15 cm; male 23–26 g, female 19–25 g. Peculiarly short-tailed lark with large head and long, heavy bill. Nominate race has well-marked face, with buffish-... read more
Song, from ground, a rather slow series of mournful and sometimes slurred whistled notes, both... read more
Semi-arid grassland and open dry woodland, often at edge of grassy plains where some rocks and low... read more
Food and feeding
Seeds, bases of grass leaves, corms, and at least some insects. Forages on the ground, singly or in pairs; in small flocks outside breeding... read more
Poorly known. Breeds May–Jun. Only two nests described, each in centre of grass tuft; clutch 3–4 eggs; nothing known about... read more
Resident and local nomad.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common; occasionally abundant in Somalia, where non-breeding flocks of up to 50 birds recorded. Possibly less numerous in Kenya and Tanzania... read more
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