Larks (Alaudidae)

Flappet Lark (Mirafra rufocinnamomea) - HBW 9, p. 552

French: Alouette bourdonnante German: Baumklapperlerche Spanish: Alondra Aplaudidora Canela
Other common names: Cinnamon Bushlark; Buckley’s Lark (buckleyi)

Taxonomy: Megalophonus rufo-cinnamomeus Salvadori, 1865, north Ethiopia.
Closely related to the “M. apiata complex”, although it overlaps with M. fasciolata in N Namibia and N Botswana. Differences among many contiguous races broadly clinal; further study may reveal that several taxa are untenable. Birds from S Tanzania S to C Mozambique named as race zombae, but indistinguishable from fischeri. Fifteen subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • buckleyi (Shelley, 1873) - S Mauritania and Senegal E to N Cameroon.
  • serlei C. M. N. White, 1960 - SE Nigeria.
  • tigrina Oustalet, 1892 - E Cameroon, S Central African Republic and N DRCongo.

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  • buckleyi (Shelley, 1873) - S Mauritania and Senegal E to N Cameroon.
  • serlei C. M. N. White, 1960 - SE Nigeria.
  • tigrina Oustalet, 1892 - E Cameroon, S Central African Republic and N DRCongo.
  • furensis Lynes, 1923 - WC Sudan.
  • sobatensis Lynes, 1914 - C Sudan.
  • rufocinnamomea (Salvadori, 1865) - N & C Ethiopia.
  • omoensis Neumann, 1928 - SW Ethiopia.
  • torrida Shelley, 1882 - SE Sudan and S Ethiopia S to N Uganda, C Kenya and N & C Tanzania.
  • kawirondensis van Someren, 1921 - E DRCongo, S Uganda and W Kenya.
  • schoutedeni C. M. N. White, 1956 - SW Central African Republic, and Gabon E to W DRCongo and S to NW Angola.
  • fischeri (Reichenow, 1878) - Angola (except NW) and S DRCongo E to E & S Tanzania, E Kenya and S Somalia, S to N Zambia, Malawi and N Mozambique.
  • lwenarum C. M. N. White, 1945 - NW Zambia (Balovale).
  • mababiensis (Roberts, 1932) - SE Angola, W Zambia, N Namibia and N Botswana.
  • smithersi C. M. N. White, 1956 - SW Zambia, NE Botswana, Zimbabwe and N South Africa.
  • pintoi C. M. N. White, 1956 - S Mozambique, NE South Africa and Swaziland.