Rufous-naped lark

rufous-naped lark, alouette à nuque rousse, alondra de cuello rufo
Names and conservation status
rufous-naped lark, alouette à nuque rousse, alondra de cuello rufo, Nicolas Urlacher, wildlife of Kenya, birds of Kenya
Nairobi National Park
rufous-naped lark, alouette à nuque rousse, alondra de cuello rufo, Nicolas Urlacher, wildlife of Kenya, birds of Kenya
Nairobi National Park

rufous-naped lark, alouette à nuque rousse, alondra de cuello rufo, Nicolas Urlacher, wildlife of Kenya, birds of Kenya
Nairobi National Park
rufous-naped lark, alouette à nuque rousse, alondra de cuello rufo, Nicolas Urlacher, wildlife of Kenya, birds of Kenya
Nairobi National Park
rufous-naped lark, alouette à nuque rousse, alondra de cuello rufo, Nicolas Urlacher, wildlife of Kenya, birds of Kenya
Nairobi National Park

rufous-naped lark, alouette à nuque rousse, alondra de cuello rufo, Nicolas Urlacher, wildlife of Kenya, birds of Kenya
Nairobi National Park
rufous-naped lark, alouette à nuque rousse, alondra de cuello rufo, Nicolas Urlacher, wildlife of Kenya, birds of Kenya
Nakuru National Park
rufous-naped lark, alouette à nuque rousse, alondra de cuello rufo, Nicolas Urlacher, wildlife of Kenya, birds of Kenya
Nairobi National Park

rufous-naped lark, alouette à nuque rousse, alondra de cuello rufo, Nicolas Urlacher, wildlife of Kenya, birds of Kenya
Nairobi National Park
rufous-naped lark, alouette à nuque rousse, alondra de cuello rufo, Nicolas Urlacher, wildlife of Kenya, birds of Kenya
Ol Pejeta Conservancy
rufous-naped lark, alouette à nuque rousse, alondra de cuello rufo, Nicolas Urlacher, wildlife of Kenya, birds of Kenya
Nairobi National Park

The rufous-naped lark (Mirafra africana) or rufous-naped bush lark is a widespread and conspicuous species of lark in the lightly wooded grasslands, open savannas and farmlands of the Afrotropics. Males attract attention to themselves by their bold and repeated wing-fluttering displays from prominent perches, which is accompanied by a melodious and far-carrying whistled phrase. This rudimentary display has been proposed as the precursor to the wing-clapping displays of other bush lark species. They have consistently rufous outer wings and a short erectile crest, but the remaining plumage hues and markings are individually and geographically variable. It has a straight lower, and longish, curved upper mandible.

 

The brown and gray color of lark species allow them to be camouflaged in their typical open, savanna habitat. However, without bold marks they are hard to tell apart from the many similar species. Larks are primarily insectivorous.