French: Cochevis modeste German: Sonnenlerche Spanish: Cogujada modesta
Bongo, Bahr el Ghazal, South Sudan
Subspecies and Distribution
G. m. modesta
Heuglin, 1864 – S Senegambia, S Mali and N Ivory Coast E to SW Sudan & South Sudan.
G. m. nigrita
(Grote, 1920) – Guinea and N Sierra Leone.
G. m. struempelli
(Reichenow, 1910) – highlands of N Cameroon.
G. m. bucolica
(Hartlaub, 1887) – SE Central African Republic, NE DRCongo and extreme NW Uganda.
14–15 cm; 18–22 g. Medium-sized, rather dark lark, heavily streaked above and on breast, with short erectile crest, rather small bill. Nominate race has creamy to... read more
Male song, in flight or sometimes from low perch, a series of sweetly whistled notes and buzzing... read more
Open countryside, often rocky hills, where prefers areas of short grass and open rock; also... read more
Food and feeding
Grass and other seeds, and insects. Forages on the ground, singly or in pairs; often in small flocks outside breeding season.
Season Nov–Feb and May–Jul. Monogamous. Male sings in hovering aerial display. Nest built by female, accompanied by male, an... read more
Resident in some areas; elsewhere, subject to more or less regular movements linked to seasonal... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common to not uncommon; very uncommon in extreme SE of range (NW Uganda). Adaptable; frequently occurs in agricultural lands and other human-... read more
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