Larks (Alaudidae)

Red Lark (Calendulauda burra) - HBW 9, p. 559

French: Alouette ferrugineuse German: Kalaharilerche Spanish: Alondra Roja
Other common names: Ferruginous Lark, Sand Lark(!)

Taxonomy: Ammomanes burra Bangs, 1930, Great Namaqualand, South Africa.
Originally described as Alauda ferruginea, but that name invalid, as preoccupied. Formerly placed in genus Ammomanes on the basis of plain back and stout bill. Forms a superspecies with C. albescens, C. barlowi and C. erythrochlamys. Geographical variation in coloration and degree of upperpart streaking largely linked to soil type; brownish birds with streaked back (from Brandvlei area) named as race harei and others with more heavily streaked underparts (from Vanwyksvlei) as aridula, but all populations intergrade, and plain-backed and streak-.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Ammomanes burra Bangs, 1930, Great Namaqualand, South Africa.
Originally described as Alauda ferruginea, but that name invalid, as preoccupied. Formerly placed in genus Ammomanes on the basis of plain back and stout bill. Forms a superspecies with C. albescens, C. barlowi and C. erythrochlamys. Geographical variation in coloration and degree of upperpart streaking largely linked to soil type; brownish birds with streaked back (from Brandvlei area) named as race harei and others with more heavily streaked underparts (from Vanwyksvlei) as aridula, but all populations intergrade, and plain-backed and streak-backed birds breed together in some areas; further, although some variation in cytochrome b gene sequences, haplotypes are mixed throughout population with exception of E dune form (“aridula”), which also unusual in being the only form with any streaking on flanks. Treated as monotypic.

Distribution: Bushmanland, in NW Northern Cape, South Africa.

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