Larks (Alaudidae)

Fawn-coloured Lark (Calendulauda africanoides) - HBW 9, p. 558

French: Alouette fauve German: Steppenlerche Spanish: Alondra Leonada
Other common names: Fawn Lark/Bushlark

Taxonomy: Mirafra africanoides A. Smith, 1836, eastern Cape Colony (= Colesberg), Northern Cape, South Africa.
Formerly placed in genus Mirafra, but genetic evidence indicates that it belongs in a distinct clade formed by present genus. Often treated as conspecific with disjunct C. alopex, but differs genetically and in structure (shorter bill). Geographical variation largely clinal, plumage colour generally matching regional soil colour, and streaking reduced in more arid areas; races broadly intergrade, and further study may reveal that several of those currently accepted are unsustainable; other named races include omaruru, gobabisensis and rubidior (from various .. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Mirafra africanoides A. Smith, 1836, eastern Cape Colony (= Colesberg), Northern Cape, South Africa.
Formerly placed in genus Mirafra, but genetic evidence indicates that it belongs in a distinct clade formed by present genus. Often treated as conspecific with disjunct C. alopex, but differs genetically and in structure (shorter bill). Geographical variation largely clinal, plumage colour generally matching regional soil colour, and streaking reduced in more arid areas; races broadly intergrade, and further study may reveal that several of those currently accepted are unsustainable; other named races include omaruru, gobabisensis and rubidior (from various parts of NW & NC Namibia), all synonymized with harei, and austinrobertsi (from thornveld of Zimbabwe-Botswana-South Africa border region), synonymized with nominate. Six subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • trapnelli (C. M. N. White, 1943) - SE Angola and SW Zambia.
  • makarikari (Roberts, 1932) - SW Angola, N Namibia and N & C Botswana.
  • harei (Roberts, 1917) - NW & C Namibia.

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  • trapnelli (C. M. N. White, 1943) - SE Angola and SW Zambia.
  • makarikari (Roberts, 1932) - SW Angola, N Namibia and N & C Botswana.
  • harei (Roberts, 1917) - NW & C Namibia.
  • sarwensis (Roberts, 1932) - W Botswana.
  • africanoides (A. Smith, 1836) - S Namibia, S & E Botswana, W Zimbabwe and N & NE South Africa.
  • vincenti (Roberts, 1938) - C Zimbabwe and S Mozambique.