Fawn-coloured lark

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Fawn-coloured lark
Fawn-colored Lark - Kenya NH8O6243 (16760007040).jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Alaudidae
Genus: Calendulauda
C. africanoides
Binomial name
Calendulauda africanoides
(Smith, 1836)
  • Mirafra africanoides

The fawn-coloured lark (Calendulauda africanoides) or fawn-coloured bush-lark is a species of lark in the family Alaudidae. It is found in south-central Africa.

Taxonomy and systematics[edit]

Formerly, the fawn-coloured lark was classified as belonging to the genus Mirafra until moved to Calendulauda in 2009.[2] Not all authorities recognize this re-classification.[3]


Six subspecies are recognized:[4]

  • C. a. trapnelli - (White, CMN, 1943): Found in south-eastern Angola and south-western Zambia
  • Damaraland fawn-coloured lark or Naivasha fawn-coloured lark (C. a. harei) - (Roberts, 1917): Found from central Namibia to south-western Botswana and north-western South Africa.
  • C. a. makarikari - (Roberts, 1932): Found from south-western Angola and northern Namibia to western Zambia and northern and central Botswana
  • C. a. sarwensis - (Roberts, 1932): Found in western Botswana, eastern Namibia and north-central South Africa
  • C. a. vincenti - (Roberts, 1938): Found in central Zimbabwe and southern Mozambique
  • C. a. africanoides - (Smith, 1836): Found in southern Namibia, southern and eastern Botswana, south-western Zimbabwe and northern South Africa

Distribution and habitat[edit]

The range of Mirafra africanoides is broadly spread, with an estimated global extent of occurrence of 2,400,000 km2.[1] It can be found in the countries of Angola, Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Somalia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b BirdLife International (2012). "Mirafra africanoides". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Taxonomy Version 2 « IOC World Bird List". www.worldbirdnames.org. Retrieved 2016-11-17.
  3. ^ "Calendulauda africanoides - Avibase". avibase.bsc-eoc.org. Retrieved 2016-11-17.
  4. ^ "IOC World Bird List 6.4". IOC World Bird List Datasets. doi:10.14344/ioc.ml.6.4.