Larks (Alaudidae)

Red-capped Lark (Calandrella cinerea) - HBW 9, p. 583

French: Alouette cendrille German: Rotkappenlerche Spanish: Terrera Capirotada
Other common names: African Short-toed/Rufous Short-toed Lark

Taxonomy: Alauda cinerea J. F. Gmelin, 1789, no locality = Cape Town, South Africa.
May form a superspecies with C. brachydactyla, C. blanfordi, C. erlangeri and C. acutirostris; often considered conspecific with first three (especially C. blanfordi and C. erlangeri). Geographical variation among many contiguous races limited and broadly clinal; further study may demonstrate that several taxa are not sustainable. Additional named races are ongumaensis (N Namibia), synonymized with spleniata, witputzi (S Namibia), included in nominate, and vagilans (E Botswana and NE South Africa), included in niveni.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Alauda cinerea J. F. Gmelin, 1789, no locality = Cape Town, South Africa.
May form a superspecies with C. brachydactyla, C. blanfordi, C. erlangeri and C. acutirostris; often considered conspecific with first three (especially C. blanfordi and C. erlangeri). Geographical variation among many contiguous races limited and broadly clinal; further study may demonstrate that several taxa are not sustainable. Additional named races are ongumaensis (N Namibia), synonymized with spleniata, witputzi (S Namibia), included in nominate, and vagilans (E Botswana and NE South Africa), included in niveni; also, description of anderssoni (C Namibia) apparently based on worn non-breeding specimen of nominate. Eight subspecies tentatively recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • saturatior Reichenow, 1904 - Nigeria (Jos Plateau), and DRCongo E to Uganda and W & SW Tanzania, S to Angola (except NW & S), N Zambia and Malawi.
  • williamsi Clancey, 1952 - S Kenya and N Tanzania.
  • spleniata (Strickland, 1853) - SW Angola and NW Namibia.

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  • saturatior Reichenow, 1904 - Nigeria (Jos Plateau), and DRCongo E to Uganda and W & SW Tanzania, S to Angola (except NW & S), N Zambia and Malawi.
  • williamsi Clancey, 1952 - S Kenya and N Tanzania.
  • spleniata (Strickland, 1853) - SW Angola and NW Namibia.
  • fulvida Clancey, 1978 - S Angola, S Zambia and Zimbabwe.
  • alluvia Clancey, 1971 - breeds coastal S Mozambique; disperses inland to N Botswana.
  • millardi Paterson, 1958 - S Botswana.
  • cinerea (J. F. Gmelin, 1789) - S Namibia and W South Africa.
  • niveni (Macdonald, 1952) - E South Africa.
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