Dupont's lark

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Dupont's lark
Chersophilus duponti.jpg
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Alaudidae
Genus: Chersophilus
Sharpe, 1890
Species: C. duponti
Binomial name
Chersophilus duponti
(Vieillot, 1820)

Dupont's lark (Chersophilus duponti) is the only lark in the genus Chersophilus.

Description[edit]

Like most other larks, Dupont's lark is an undistinguished looking species on the ground. It is 17–18 cm long, slim, with a long neck, long legs and a fine slightly curved bill. It has a thin pale crown stripe and a dark-streaked breast.

Taxonomy and nomenclature[edit]

Dupont's lark was originally described by Louis Jean Pierre Vieillot in 1820.[2] This bird was named after the French naturalist Leonard Puech Dupont, who was the first to collect a specimen.[citation needed]

There are two races. C. d. duponti of Europe and north-west Africa is mainly brown-grey above and pale below. C. d. margaritae, which occupies most of the rest of the African range, has rufous upperparts.

Distribution[edit]

It breeds across much of north Africa, from Algeria to Egypt, and in Spain and France.[1] It is a non-migratory resident.

Behaviour[edit]

This is a very shy species, which runs for cover when disturbed. It is difficult to see while running among vegetation but it sometimes sings, standing upright on the edge of a low bush.

Breeding[edit]

This is a bird of open sandy semi-desert or steppe with some grass. Its nest is on the ground, with three or four eggs being laid. Its food is seeds and insects.

Vocalisations[edit]

Its song is a repeated thin, melancholic whistling phrase, very ventriloquial (difficult to locate) and a nasal whistle given mainly at dawn and dusk or at night.

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