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(Redirected from Mirafra rufocinnamomea mababiensis)
Length 14-15 cm, mass 21-32 g.
Similar to the Rufous-naped Lark, but smaller and darker with rufous-edged wings. Tail is distinctive and a key identification feature, being narrow, often appearing untidy, and having dark brown central rectrices and rufous outer ones.
Some subspecies are very dark above
Considerable geographic variation; 15 subspecies have been described:
Grasslands and grassy openings in woodlands and savanna.
Usually solitary or in pairs.
Forages on the ground for invertebrates and seeds.
Monogamous and territorial. The nest is a domed or partly domed structure built of grass on the ground. Two to three eggs are laid (October to April in southern Africa).
Display flight is distinctive if witnessed - two to five bursts of wing-clapping (prrrrt prrrt-rrrt), sometimes followed by a thin, barely audible whistle, delivered as the bird circles in an undulating flight.
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