Pink-breasted lark

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Pink-breasted lark
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Alaudidae
Genus: Calendulauda
C. poecilosterna
Binomial name
Calendulauda poecilosterna
(Reichenow, 1879)
  • Alauda poecilosterna
  • Mirafra poecilosterna

The pink-breasted lark (Calendulauda poecilosterna) or pink-breasted bushlark is a species of passerine bird in the family Alaudidae.

Taxonomy and systematics[edit]

This species was originally classified in the genus Alauda and then Mirafra until moved to the new genus Calendulauda in 2009 by the IOC.[2] Not all authorities have followed this taxonomy change.[3]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

The pink-breasted lark is estimated to have a global extent of occurrence of 560,000 km2. covering a broad range from south-eastern South Sudan and southern Ethiopia through Kenya to southern Somalia, north-eastern Tanzania and eastern Uganda.[1]

Its natural habitat is dry savannah, open bush and wooded areas, in particular dry acacia and Commiphora scrub.

Behaviour and ecology[edit]

It is generally found singly or in pairs foraging on the ground for insects and seeds. When disturbed it flies to a safe, elevated position on the branch of a tree or on the top of a bush. These are also its favoured perches for engaging in territorial song.[4]


  1. ^ a b BirdLife International (2012). "Mirafra poecilosterna". 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 poecilosterna - Avibase". Retrieved 2016-11-17.
  4. ^ Kenya Birds

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