French: Alouette de Somalie German: Somaliriesenlerche Spanish: Alondra somalí
Other common names:
Somali Long-billed Lark
Subspecies and Distribution
M. s. somalica
(Witherby, 1903) – N & NE Somalia (S to c. 3° N), including extreme E Ethiopia (Xaafuun Peninsula#R).
M. s. rochei
Colston, 1982 – coast of C Somalia (2–3° N).
19–22 cm; 44–50 g. Large reddish lark with long, slender bill; remininiscent of Certhilauda, but with rufous edges of flight-feathers. Nominate race... read more
Undescribed; implication that nominate race has a long, clear whistle, similar to that of S African... read more
Open grassland, often with open patches of red sand; may occur where there are occasional small... read more
Food and feeding
Diet unknown. Feeds on ground. Runs rapidly when disturbed, often jumping up on to grass tufts to gain better vantage; when flushed, seldom... read more
Little known. Breeding recorded in Jun in N and Sept in S. Apparently solitary or in pairs throughout year. Race rochei reported... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Reported to be fairly common. Poorly known species; fieldwork required in order to determine its true status, as well as its ecology and biology.
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