Larks (Alaudidae)

Dusky Lark (Pinarocorys nigricans) - HBW 9, p. 563

French: Alouette brune German: Drossellerche Spanish: Alondra Oscura

Taxonomy: Alauda nigricans Sundevall, 1850, Aapies River, Pretoria, South Africa.
Often placed in genus Mirafra, but distinctive in terms of structure, plumage (including sexual dimorphism) and migratory behaviour; no genetic material has been sequenced. Forms a superspecies with P. erythropygia, and sometimes considered conspecific. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • occidentis Clancey, 1968 - breeds SW DRCongo and N Angola; migrates S as far as Namibia and Mozambique.
  • nigricans (Sundevall, 1850) - breeds SE DRCongo, SW Tanzania and NW Zambia; migrates S as far as Namibia and Mozambique.

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