Somali lark

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Somali lark
Illustration by Herbert Goodchild
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Alaudidae
Genus: Mirafra
Species: M. somalica
Binomial name
Mirafra somalica
(Witherby, 1903)
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     resident range
  • Certhilauda somalica

The Somali lark (Mirafra somalica) is a species of lark in the family Alaudidae endemic to Somalia.[2]

Taxonomy and systematics[edit]

The Somali lark was originally classified as belonging to the genus Certhilauda.[3] The term "Somali lark" is also used as an alternate name for both Archer's lark and Sharpe's lark.[4] The term "red Somali lark" is also used as an alternate name for Sharpe's lark.[5] Other alternate names include red Somali lark, Somali bushlark and Somali long-billed lark.


Two subspecies are recognized:[6]

  • M. s. somalica - (Witherby, 1903): Found in northern Somalia
  • M. s. rochei - Colston, 1982: Found in central Somalia

Distribution and habitat[edit]

The range of M. somalica is somewhat large, with an estimated global extent of occurrence of 270,000 km2.[1]

Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical dry lowland grassland.[2]


  1. ^ a b BirdLife International (2012). "Mirafra somalica". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Compilers: Stuart Butchart, Jonathan Ekstrom (2008). "Somali Lark - BirdLife Species Factsheet". Evaluators: Jeremy Bird, Stuart Butchart. BirdLife International . Retrieved May 11, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Mirafra somalica - Avibase". Retrieved 2016-11-29. 
  4. ^ "Heteromirafra archeri - Avibase". Retrieved 2016-11-29. 
  5. ^ "Mirafra sharpii - Avibase". Retrieved 2016-11-29. 
  6. ^ "IOC World Bird List 6.4". IOC World Bird List Datasets. doi:10.14344/