Larks (Alaudidae)

Sun Lark (Galerida modesta) - HBW 9, p. 597

French: Cochevis modeste German: Sonnenlerche Spanish: Cogujada Modesta

Taxonomy: Galerida modesta Heuglin, 1864, Bongo, Bahr-el-Ghazal, Sudan.
Has been considered to form a superspecies with G. magnirostris, also including Pseudalaemon fremantlii when that placed in present genus, but differences appear too great for such treatment to be warranted. Birds from Burkina Faso E to W Sudan named as race giffardi (often erroneously spelt as giffordi), but indistinguishable from nominate. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • modesta Heuglin, 1864 - S Senegambia, S Mali and N Ivory Coast E to SW & S Sudan.
  • nigrita (Grote, 1920) - Guinea and N Sierra Leone.
  • struempelli (Reichenow, 1910) - highlands of N Cameroon.
  • bucolica (Hartlaub, 1887) - SE Central African Republic, NE DRCongo and extreme NW Uganda.

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