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Males and females of the six
species on the African mainland
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Alaudidae
Genus: Eremopterix
Kaup, 1836

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Eremopterix distribution map.png
Range of the genus

Eremopterix is the genus of sparrow-larks, songbirds in the family Alaudidae. The sparrow-larks are found from Africa to the Indian subcontinent.

Taxonomy and systematics[edit]

Extant species[edit]

The genus Eremopterix contains the following extant species:[2]

Image Scientific name Common Name Distribution
Eremopterix australis -Bushmanland, South Africa-8.jpg Eremopterix australis Black-eared sparrow-lark southern Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa
Madgascar Lark RWD.jpg Eremopterix hova Madagascan lark Madagascar.
BCSparrow-Lark DSC0722.jpg Eremopterix nigriceps Black-crowned sparrow-lark Mauritania through the Middle East to north-western India
Chestnut-backed sparrow-lark,Eremopterix leucotis at Mapungubwe National Park, Limpopo, South Africa (17913598516).jpg Eremopterix leucotis Chestnut-backed sparrow-lark Africa south of the Sahara Desert.
Ashy-crowned Sparrow Lark by Dr. Raju Kasambe DSCN1991 (3).jpg Eremopterix griseus Ashy-crowned sparrow-lark South Asia
Eremopterix signatus.jpg Eremopterix signatus Chestnut-headed sparrow-lark eastern and north-eastern Africa
Grey-backed Sparrowlark (Eremopterix verticalis) (6875326526).jpg Eremopterix verticalis Grey-backed sparrow-lark southern and south-central Africa
Fisher's Sparrow-Lark - Tanzania 2008-03-01 0063 (16759772588).jpg Eremopterix leucopareia Fischer's sparrow-lark central Kenya to eastern Zambia, Malawi and north-western Mozambique

Former species[edit]

Formerly, some authorities also considered the following species (or subspecies) as species within the genus Eremopterix:


  1. ^ Mlíkovský, Jirí (1998). "Generic name of southern snowfinches" (PDF). Forktail. 14: 85. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 February 2012.
  2. ^ Gill, Frank; Donsker, David, eds. (2018). "Nicators, reedling, larks". World Bird List Version 8.2. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 15 July 2018.