Singing bush lark

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Not to be confused with Horsfield's bush lark (Mirafra javanica) of Australia and Southeast Asia, or the melodious lark (Mirafra cheniana) of southern Africa which are also called the singing bush lark.

Singing bush lark
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Alaudidae
Genus: Mirafra
Species: M. cantillans
Binomial name
Mirafra cantillans
Blyth, 1845

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The singing bush lark (Mirafra cantillans) is a species of lark found in Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia.[1]

Taxonomy and systematics[edit]

Alternate names for the singing bush lark include singing field-lark, singing lark and Western singing bush lark.[2]


Four subspecies are recognized:[3]

  • Nyiro lark or Galla singing lark (M. c. marginata) - Hawker, 1898: Originally described as a separate species. Found from southern Sudan to Somalia, Kenya and north-eastern Tanzania. Some authorities formerly considered Friedmann's lark to be conspecific with the Nyiro lark.[4]
  • Chad singing lark or Masai singing lark (M. c. chadensis) - Alexander, 1908: Originally described as a separate species. Found from Senegal to central Sudan and western Ethiopia
  • M. c. simplex - (Heuglin, 1868): Originally described as a separate species. Found in western and southern Arabia
  • M. c. cantillans - Blyth, 1845: Found in Pakistan, India and Bangladesh

Distribution and habitat[edit]

The range of the singing bush lark is extensive, with an estimated global extent of occurrence of 10,000,000 km2. Its global population is thought to be large, though it has yet to be quantified.[1]


  1. ^ a b c BirdLife International (2012). "Mirafra cantillans". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Mirafra cantillans - Avibase". Retrieved 2016-12-10. 
  3. ^ "IOC World Bird List 6.4". IOC World Bird List Datasets. doi:10.14344/ 
  4. ^ "Mirafra pulpa - Avibase". Retrieved 2016-11-29.