Appearance Fischer's Sparrow-Lark is a compact, tiny bird, 4.5" (11.5cm). Males have a chestnut coloured crown and nape, with a black face that has a large white cheek patch. The black throat extends centrally through the white underparts as far as its vent. Its upperparts are browns and greys. Females are the same colour all over, as the upperparts of the male and she too has a black central stripe down her belly. The bills of both sexes are horn coloured.
Habits Fischer's Sparrow-Larks are usually seen in large, spread-out flocks, unless a pair are breeding and go off on their own.
Diet Fischer's Sparrow-Larks are seed eaters, but also take a wide variety of insects and plant material.
Resident Fischer's Sparrow-Larks are commonly seen in the central and west areas of Kenya, from Maralal southwards, to Tsavo West, on short grass plains between 600 and 1,800 metres. They are numerous around the tropical area of Lake Magadi.
Extra Fischer's Sparrow-Lark Facts Fischer's Sparrow-Larks plumage blends in well with their habitat, making them difficult to see. They have a long hind-claw, helping them to balance on the short grass.