Larks (Alaudidae)

Rusty Lark (Mirafra rufa) - HBW 9, p. 546

French: Alouette rousse German: Rostlerche Spanish: Alondra Rufa
Other common names: Rusty Bushlark

Taxonomy: Mirafra rufa Lynes, 1920, Juga Juga, 3000 feet [c. 915 m], 15 miles [c. 24 km] ENE of El Fasher, Darfur, Sudan.
Has been suggested by some authors as forming a superspecies with M. gilletti, but no data on molecular genetics for either species; Calendulauda poecilosterna (when placed in present genus) suggested as third member of same superspecies. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • nigriticola Bates, 1932 - E Mali E to WC Niger.
  • rufa Lynes, 1920 - SC Chad and W Sudan.
  • lynesi C. H. B. Grant & Mackworth-Praed, 1933 - C Sudan.

  • Least Concern
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