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Flappet Lark - BirdForum Opus

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Mirafra rufocinnamomea
Photo by nkgray
Location: near Kolwezi, DRC

Identification

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. 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.

Variation

Some subspecies are very dark above

Distribution

Sub-Saharan Africa.

Taxonomy

Considerable geographic variation; 15 subspecies have been described.

Habitat

Grasslands and grassy openings in woodlands and savanna.

Behaviour

Usually solitary or in pairs. Forages on the ground for invertebrates and seeds.

Breeding: 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).

References

  1. Hockey PAR, Dean WRJ & Ryan PG (eds) 2005. Robert's Birds of Southern Africa, 7th edition. John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, Cape Town, South Africa. ISBN 0620340533
  2. Birdforum thread showing one of the dark forms of Flappet Lark

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