Larks (Alaudidae)

Gillett's Lark (Mirafra gilletti) - HBW 9, p. 553

French: Alouette de Gillett German: Gillettlerche Spanish: Alondra de Gillett

Taxonomy: Mirafra gilletti Sharpe, 1895, Sibbe, Ogaden country, north-west Somalia.
Widely regarded as forming a superspecies with M. degodiensis; the two occur within 50 km of each other with no known overlap in ranges, although region is poorly known ornithologically. Has also been suggested to form a superspecies with M. rufa and the taxon poecilosterna, although genetic evidence indicates that latter better placed in genus Calendulauda; also bears close resemblance to C. alopex of race intercedens, and thus possibly better shifted to that genus; no genetic data yet available for present species or M. rufa. Race arorihen.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Mirafra gilletti Sharpe, 1895, Sibbe, Ogaden country, north-west Somalia.
Widely regarded as forming a superspecies with M. degodiensis; the two occur within 50 km of each other with no known overlap in ranges, although region is poorly known ornithologically. Has also been suggested to form a superspecies with M. rufa and the taxon poecilosterna, although genetic evidence indicates that latter better placed in genus Calendulauda; also bears close resemblance to C. alopex of race intercedens, and thus possibly better shifted to that genus; no genetic data yet available for present species or M. rufa. Race arorihensis intergrades with nominate in NW Somalia. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • gilletti Sharpe, 1895 - E Ethiopia, W Somalia and extreme NE Kenya.
  • arorihensis Érard, 1975 - Somalia.