Fawn-coloured Lark (Mirafra africanoides)

Fawn-coloured Lark are small, 9" (16cm) birds, with three distinctly different coloured sub-species. Brown, rufous and a rare dark grey. They have dark cheeks, contrasting with the white superciliary stripes (eyebrows). A slim, grey bill has pink in the bottom mandible. Upperparts are heavily streaked with black. The throat is off-white and sometimes streaked. The breast is also off-white and streaked, while the rest of the underparts are off-white. Its tail is edged with white.

The Fawn-coloured Lark is seen on its own, or in pairs, singing, often from the top of bushes. Males perform elaborate displays in the air, while singing, to attract a female - or to defend a nest from predators. Females build cup-shaped nests out of twigs and grass, on the ground. Both adults feed the young.

Fawn-coloured Larks eat many different species of insects, as well as seeds and other plant material, all taken from the ground.

Fawn-coloured Larks are found in Kenya below Lake Turkana, in a line travelling down to Amboseli, from 500 > 1,800 metres. They prefer dry bushland.

Extra Fawn-coloured Lark Facts
Fawn-coloured Larks, in their three different colours, are found where they blend in to the background. Brown morphs are found where the earth is brown, rufous morphs are found where the soil is red and the rare dark grey is found where the soil is grey.

Photographed Kenya's Olare Orok Conservancy.

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Fawn-coloured Lark ~ Singing

A Fawn-coloured Lark, singing from a bush-top in Kenya.