Degodi lark

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Degodi lark
Not recognized (IUCN 3.1)[1]
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Alaudidae
Genus: Mirafra
Species: M. gilletti
Subspecies: M. g. degodiensis
Trinomial name
Mirafra gilletti degodiensis
(Érard, 1976)
Synonyms
  • Mirafra degodiensis

The Degodi lark (Mirafra gilletti degodiensis) is a lark in the Alaudidae family endemic to Ethiopia. It is now considered a subspecies of Gillett's lark.

Taxonomy and systematics[edit]

Formerly, the Degodi lark was considered to be a separate species, but was re-classified as a subspecies of Gillett's lark in 2012 by the IOC.[2] Many other authorities have not yet followed this taxonomic change.[3] The alternate name "Sidamo lark" is also used as alternate name by Archer's lark. Other alternate names include Degodi bushlark and Erard's lark.

Description[edit]

The Degodi lark is a small (14 cm long), slender lark, with abundant streaking, very similar to a pipit. There are markings on the breast faint on light, buff underbelly. The voice is a 4- to 6-note trill; twill-ill-ill-ill-ill, and shorter tsee-tsee.[1]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

There is, at present, no more than a rough sketch of the Degodi lark, gleaned from infrequently gathered facts. This, as well, goes for its population and range, but it is believed to have a very small population. Its known range covers about 400 square kilometres, possibly up to 2,000 square kilometres. It is seen most reliably east of Bogol Manya, Ethiopia.[1] Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical dry shrubland and is found among low acacia bushes on bare soil, with scattered Commiphora bushes and other species.

Behaviour and ecology[edit]

Degodi larks are often seen using bushes for perches. It eats caterpillars and small orthopterans.

Status[edit]

It is threatened by habitat loss.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Compilers: Jonathan Ekstrom, Sue Shutes; Malcolm Starkey; Joe Taylor; Contributor: Ian Sinclair (2008). "Degodi Lark - BirdLife Species Factsheet". Evaluators: Stuart Butchart, Joe Taylor. BirdLife International . Retrieved May 11, 2009. 
  2. ^ "IOC World Bird List 3.1". IOC World Bird List Datasets. doi:10.14344/ioc.ml.3.1. 
  3. ^ "Mirafra gilletti degodiensis - Avibase". avibase.bsc-eoc.org. Retrieved 2016-11-28. 
  • Collar, N. J., C. Dingle, M. N. Gabremichael, and C. N. Spottoswoode. 2009. Taxonomic status of the Degodi Lark Mirafra degodiensis, with notes on the voice of Gillett's Lark M. gilletti. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club 129: 49-62