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Subspecies intercedens. Photo © by Mike Barth
Ethiopia, September 2016

Alternative name: Abyssinian Lark

Calendulauda alopex

Mirafra alopex


Length 14-16 cm (5½-6¼ in)

Subspecies intercedens. Individuals from southern Kenya tend to be brighter with whiter, more prominent supercilia. Photo © by THE_FERN. Tsavo West National Park, Kenya, November 2021


The two subspecies are distinctly different:

  • M. a. alopex has plain rufous upperparts; similar to Collared Lark, but lacks the black collar and black wings of that species.
  • M. a. intercedens is heavily streaked and has a white eyebrow; differs from Gillett's Lark in having rufous (rather than brown) wing panels, and darker streaks on the breast.


Africa: found in Somalia, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania.


Some authorities (e.g. [2]) have included this species in Fawn-coloured Lark.

Formerly placed in genus Mirafra.


Clements recognises the following subspecies [1]:


Dry grassland and savanna. Usually associated with sandy, red soils.



They feed on the ground, looking for insects and seeds.


Sings from a perch in a bush or tree; the song is jumbled and chirpy. In flight, utters a sharp tchwerp.


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  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Dickinson, EC, ed. 2003. The Howard and Moore Complete Checklist of the Birds of the World. 3rd ed., with updates to December 2007 (Corrigenda 7). Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0691117010
  3. Sinclair, I and P Ryan. 2003. Birds of Africa South of the Sahara. Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0691118154
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Aug 2018)

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