The Rufous-naped Lark (Mirafra africana) is a small, 7" (18cm) bird and difficult to identify, unless it is displaying its rufous nape (redish coloured feathers behind the neck). It is a common, fairly chunky bird and displays a chestnut wing patch when it springs up or flies.
Larks are omnivorous and on the ground, eating a variety of insects, as well as seeds and plant material. They also nest on the ground, building small, cup-like nests of grass and twigs. While the female is the main nest-builder and broods the young, it is the male who performs flight displays, to attract the female and who shares in feeding the young.

Categories & Keywords
Category:Animals
Subcategory:Birds
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Keywords:bird, kenya, lark, rufous-naped lark, wildlife

Rufous-naped Lark ~ Eating Grasshopper

Rufous-naped Lark ~ Eating Grasshopper

Rufous-naped Lark ~ Muddy Beak

Rufous-naped Lark ~ Muddy Beak

Rufous-naped Lark ~ Eating Beetle

Rufous-naped Lark ~ Eating Beetle

Rufous-naped Lark ~ Full-size

A full-sized photograph of a Rufous-naped Lark, photographed in Kenya's Olare Orok Conservancy.

Rufous-naped Lark ~ Looking Over Shoulder

Rufous-naped Lark ~ Looking Over Shoulder

Rufouse-naped Lark ~ Close-up

Rufous-naped Lark, full size, showing great feather detail.

Rufous-naped Lark ~ Portrait

A high detail side portrait of a Rufous-naped Lark, seen in the wild in Kenya.