Larks (Alaudidae)

Indochinese Bushlark (Mirafra erythrocephala) - HBW 9, p. 544

French: Alouette d’Indochine German: Indochinalerche Spanish: Alondra Indochina
Other common names: Rufous-winged Bushlark, Bush Lark

Taxonomy: Mirafra erythrocephala Salvadori and Giglioli, 1885, Cochinchina.
Specific name frequently given as marionae, but that is predated by present name. Relationship with African congeners unknown. Recently split from M. assamica on basis mainly of pronounced differences in vocalizations, song flight, other behaviour, habitat choice and cytochrome b gene sequences (14·8%); equally large genetic (respectively, 13·7% and 11·7%) and vocal differences from M. affinis and M. microptera, both of which were also previously considered conspecific with M. assamica. Birds from NW Thailand sometimes separated as race subsesso.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Mirafra erythrocephala Salvadori and Giglioli, 1885, Cochinchina.
Specific name frequently given as marionae, but that is predated by present name. Relationship with African congeners unknown. Recently split from M. assamica on basis mainly of pronounced differences in vocalizations, song flight, other behaviour, habitat choice and cytochrome b gene sequences (14·8%); equally large genetic (respectively, 13·7% and 11·7%) and vocal differences from M. affinis and M. microptera, both of which were also previously considered conspecific with M. assamica. Birds from NW Thailand sometimes separated as race subsessor. Monotypic.

Distribution: S Myanmar (Tenasserim), Thailand (except most of peninsula and extreme SE), Cambodia, S & C Laos and S Vietnam.