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Photo © by Mike Barth
Ethiopia, September 2016

Alternative names: Liben Lark

Heteromirafra archeri


15–16 cm (6-6¼ in)

  • Large head
  • Brownish upperparts with marked scaling
  • Buffy underparts with heavily streaked breast
  • Erectile crest
  • Tail is short and thin
  • White outer tail feathers
  • Long hind claw


Eastern Africa: found in the highlands of north-western Somalia and in the Liben Plains southeast of Negele in southern Ethiopia.


This is a monotypic species[1].
"The population from Ethiopia has been treated as full species (Sidamo Lark) in the past but is no longer recognized, not even as a subspecies."


Open grassland.


When disturbed they will creep through the long grass and run across open areas.


Their actual diet is unknown.


They construct their nests from woven brown grass. The clutch consists of three eggs. It is believed they are monogamous


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2014. IOC World Bird Names (version 4.3). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.
  3. BirdLife International#Collar, N.J., 2009, "Conservation-driven changes in English bird names, and the case of the Liben Lark" in Bull. ABC 16:245.
  4. Spottiswoode, C.N., "Finding southern Ethiopia's endemic birds" in Bull. ABC 17:106-113.
  5. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Aug 2018)

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