French: Alouette roussâtre German: Halsfleckenlerche Spanish: Terrera somalí
Haud, north Somalia
Subspecies and Distribution
A. s. perconfusa
(C. M. N. White, 1960) – NE Ethiopia and NW Somalia.
A. s. somalica
Sharpe, 1895 – Somali Short-toed Lark – E Ethiopia and N Somalia.
A. s. megaensis
(Benson, 1946) – S Ethiopia and N & C Kenya.
A. s. athensis
(Sharpe, 1900) – Athi Short-toed Lark – S Kenya (S from Nairobi National Park and Athi Plains) and N Tanzania.
13–14 cm. Heavily streaked, medium-small lark with prominent buffy supercilium, pale lores and crescent under eye, giving “spectacled” appearance,... read more
Song, usually in high flight, also from ground, a protracted series of trills and whistles with... read more
Dry open grassland, at 600–1600 m in Somalia and 1200–1800 m in Kenya and N Tanzania;... read more
Food and feeding
Diet unknown. Forages on the ground, often in large flocks outside breeding season.
Jun in Somalia and Apr–Jun in Kenya and Tanzania. Monogamous; nests singly. Male advertises and defends territory by means of aerial... read more
Resident; locally nomadic, moving short distances to follow rain events.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common to locally common; often in large flocks when not breeding, although no details on exact numbers. Range of athensis has contracted in... read more
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