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Mirafra rufocinnamomea

Identification

Length 14-15 cm, mass 21-32 g.

A dark Lark with rufous-edged wings; similar to the Rufous-naped Lark, but smaller and darker. It is best identified by its display flight which includes two to five bursts of wing-clapping (prrrrt prrrt-rrrt), sometimes followed by a thin, barely audible whistle.

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

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

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