Grey-backed sparrow-lark

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Grey-backed sparrow-lark
Eremopterix verticalis -Northern Cape, South Africa -male-8.jpg
Male in Northern Cape, South Africa
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Alaudidae
Genus: Eremopterix
Species: E. verticalis
Binomial name
Eremopterix verticalis
(Smith, 1836)

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  • Megalotis verticalis

The grey-backed sparrow-lark (Eremopterix verticalis) or grey-backed finch-lark is a species of lark in the family Alaudidae. It is found in southern and south-central Africa. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry shrubland and subtropical or tropical dry lowland grassland. Sometimes, the name 'grey-backed sparrow-lark' is also used to describe the black-eared sparrow-lark.

Taxonomy and systematics[edit]


Four subspecies are recognized:[2]

  • E. v. khama - Irwin, 1957: Found in north-eastern Botswana, western Zimbabwe and western Zambia
  • E. v. harti - Benson & Irwin, 1965: Found in south-western Zambia
  • E. v. damarensis - Roberts, 1931: Found from western Angola and south-western Zambia to western South Africa
  • E. v. verticalis - (Smith, 1836): Found from south-eastern Botswana and south-western Zimbabwe to southern South Africa


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Eremopterix verticalis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ "IOC World Bird List 6.4". IOC World Bird List Datasets. doi:10.14344/

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