Larks (Alaudidae)

Chestnut-backed Sparrow-lark (Eremopterix leucotis) - HBW 9, p. 571

French: Moinelette à oreillons blancs German: Weißwangenlerche Spanish: Terrera Orejiblanca
Other common names: Chestnut-backed Finch-lark, White-cheeked Sparrow-lark/Finch-lark

Taxonomy: Loxia leucotis Stanley, 1814, coast of Eritrea.
Relationships uncertain; has been considered to form a superspecies with E. nigriceps on basis of male plumage patterns. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • melanocephalus (M. H. K. Lichtenstein, 1823) - Senegal E to C Sudan.
  • leucotis (Stanley, 1814) - SE Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea and NW Somalia.
  • madaraszi (Reichenow, 1902) - NE Uganda, Kenya, coastal S Somalia, Tanzania and N Mozambique.

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  • melanocephalus (M. H. K. Lichtenstein, 1823) - Senegal E to C Sudan.
  • leucotis (Stanley, 1814) - SE Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea and NW Somalia.
  • madaraszi (Reichenow, 1902) - NE Uganda, Kenya, coastal S Somalia, Tanzania and N Mozambique.
  • hoeschi C. M. N. White, 1959 - S Angola, W Zambia, N Namibia, N Botswana and NW Zimbabwe.
  • smithi (Bonaparte, 1850) - E Zambia, S Malawi, W & C Mozambique, E Zimbabwe, E Botswana and E South Africa.
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