Foxy lark

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Foxy lark
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Alaudidae
Genus: Calendulauda
Species: C. alopex
Binomial name
Calendulauda alopex
(Sharpe, 1890)

See text

  • Mirafra alopex

The foxy lark or Abyssinian lark (Calendulauda alopex) is a species of lark in the family Alaudidae. It is found in east-central Africa.

Taxonomy and systematics[edit]

Formerly, the foxy lark was classified as belonging to the genus Mirafra until moved to Calendulauda in 2009.[2] Not all authorities recognize this re-classification.[3] Alternate names for the foxy lark include the Abyssinian fawn-colored lark and Somali fawn-coloured bush lark.


Two subspecies are recognized:[4]

  • Masai fawn-coloured lark or Hewitt's clapper lark (C. a. intercedens) - (Reichenow, 1895): Originally described as a separate species in the genus Mirafra. Found from eastern and southern Ethiopia and western Somalia to eastern Uganda, Kenya and northern Tanzania.
  • C. a. alopex - (Sharpe, 1890): Found in extreme eastern Ethiopia and northern Somalia

Distribution and habitat[edit]

The foxy lark has a large range, with an estimated global extent of occurrence of 100,000-1,000,000 km2,[5] where it is found in dense, thorny scrubland.[6]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Mirafra alopex". 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". Retrieved 2016-11-17. 
  3. ^ "Calendulauda alopex - Avibase". Retrieved 2016-11-17. 
  4. ^ "IOC World Bird List 6.4". IOC World Bird List Datasets. doi:10.14344/ 
  5. ^ Compilers: Stuart Butchart, Jonathan Ekstrom; Matt Harding (2008). "Abyssinian Lark - BirdLife Species Factsheet". Evaluators: Jeremy Bird, Stuart Butchart. BirdLife International . Retrieved May 1, 2009. 
  6. ^ Alberto Mas (June 17, 2005). "Superfamily PASSEROIDEA". Picchio Verde. Retrieved May 2, 2009. 
  7. ^ Note: Foxy lark song was recorded in Olongosai, Kenya on April 29, 2008

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