Larks (Alaudidae)

Angola Lark (Mirafra angolensis) - HBW 9, p. 551

French: Alouette d’Angola German: Angolalerche Spanish: Alondra Angoleña
Other common names: Angola Bushlark

Taxonomy: Mirafra angolensis Bocage, 1880, Caconda, Benguela, Angola.
Bears close resemblance to M. africana, but probably most closely related to the “M. apiata complex”. Races poorly differentiated; further research may lead to one or more being subsumed. Racial affiliation of birds recently observed in SW Tanzania uncertain, tentatively placed in marungensis. Described race minyanyae (from NW Zambia) synonymized with antonii; birds from S part of Angola (Cuando Cubango) described as race niethammeri, but possibly referable to M. fasciolata. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • angolensis Bocage, 1880 - W & C Angola.
  • antonii B. P. Hall, 1958 - E Angola, S DRCongo and NW Zambia.
  • marungensis B. P. Hall, 1958 - SE DRCongo (Marungu Plateau) and SW Tanzania (near Mumba).

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