Family Larks (Alaudidae)

Least Concern

Williams's Lark (Mirafra williamsi)


French: Alouette de Williams German: Williamslerche Spanish: Alondra de Williams

Mirafra williamsi


, 1956,

Marsabit, Kenya




Locally in N & C Kenya (Dida Galgalu Desert, N of Marsabit, and between Isiolo and Garba Tula).

Descriptive notes

14 cm. Fairly small, compact, heavy-billed lark with relatively plain upperparts. Has strongly marked head, with pale supercilium and neck-collar contrasting sharply with... read more


Male song a series of thin, rather scratchy notes, with distinctive “tsir-ééét tsir-ééét” towards... read more


The two populations are found in slightly different habitats: in N (N of Marsabit) occurs on rocky... read more

Food and feeding

Food includes seeds and insects. Forages singly on ground, rarely perching on rocks.


Males display before sunrise, making low, laboured display-flights. Nest and eggs undescribed.


Probably resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Previously considered Data Deficient. Discovered in 1955. Locally common, but has small and restricted range; known from only two... read more

Recommended citation

Ryan, P. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Williams's Lark (Mirafra williamsi). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 26 February 2020).