The rufous-naped lark (Mirafra africana) is a widespread and conspicuous species of lark in the lightly wooded grasslands, open savannas and farmlands of the Afrotropics. Males attract attention to themselves by their bold and repeated wing-fluttering displays from prominent perches, which is accompanied by a melodious and far-carrying whistle. This rudimentary display has been proposed as the precursor to the wing-clapping displays of other Mirafra species. It is geographically very variable, and is taken to form a species complex with the allopatric Red-winged lark of East Africa, and perhaps with the Somali lark. It is a smaller version of the first, with a finer bill and shorter tail, but their morphological and vocal features do not intergrade where their ranges meet. The rufous nape is an equivocal field character, being absent in the tropical races and in some individuals.
Rufous-naped Lark
Date Location Count
2020-02-13 07:02Queen Elizabeth II NP2
2020-02-20 10:00Akagera NP--Mutumba Hills Campsite
2020-02-19 08:30Akagera NP (southern area)
2020-01-30 06:40Belmond Eagle Island Lodge1
2020-02-14 02:12Nkima Forest Lodge1
2020-01-26 06:28Chobe NP (Savuti region)1
2020-02-24 06:43Serengeti NP--Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp1
2020-02-20 14:07Hwange National Park--Hwange Main Camp3
2020-02-02 06:49Maasai Mara NR--Mara Triangle18
2020-02-04 07:15Masaai Mara NR--Mara River (North)15
2020-02-24 07:00Serengeti NP--Kubu Kubu Tented Lodge2
2020-02-24 10:50Serengeti NP--Seronera Pond4
2020-02-21 06:59Serengeti NP--Lake Magadi20
2020-02-13 06:30Serengeti NP10
2020-02-21 06:09Serengeti NP--Klein's Camp
2020-02-18 06:15Ngorongoro Conservation Area--Ndutu (general area)50
2020-01-31 07:27Lake Nakuru NP3
2020-02-16 06:30Ngorongoro Conservation Area--Ngorongoro Crater2
2020-02-09 08:08Nairobi NP--Nagolomon Dam1
2020-02-16 07:51Nairobi NP1
2020-02-18 07:45Tarangire NP2
2020-02-11 14:34Tarangire NP--Silale Swamp1
2020-02-01 07:40Swara Plains Conservancy and Acacia Camp (formerly Hopcraft Ranch/Game Ranching Ltd.)5
2020-02-16 08:30Magongo Hills2
2020-01-27 14:00Arusha Airport1
2020-02-16 08:04Arusha NP7
2020-02-01 16:15Nyika National Park2
2020-02-24 14:48Big and Small Momela Lakes6
2020-02-03 07:21Amboseli NP12
2020-02-08 07:45Benfontein Nature Reserve1
2020-02-07 06:00Welgevonden Game Reserve10
2020-02-15 08:12Zaagkuildrift Rd (Please be more specific)1
2020-02-09 07:59Soutpan1
2020-02-08 07:31Soetdoring Nature Reserve3
2020-02-02 08:02Rooiwal WTP1
2020-02-01 07:30Uitvlugt Road
2020-02-23 15:14Rietvlei Nature Reserve1
2020-02-23 10:52Bronkhorstspruit Dam1
2020-02-22 05:22Wilge River Valley (upper)1
2020-02-23 06:13Tankatara Road1
2020-02-16 04:00Kruger NP--Voortrekker Rd/H2-2
2020-01-30 08:15Kruger NP--Lower Sabie-Nkuhlu Road (H4-1)3
2020-02-08 14:30Karkloof - Rietvlei4
2020-01-26 14:00Midmar Dam - South Shore (Thurlow Gate)3
2020-02-05 08:45Cedara Agricultural College Conservancy2
2020-02-18 06:30Maputo Elephant Game Reserve
2020-02-23 10:27Maputo Special Reserve--Lagoa Chiguti3
2020-02-05 06:00Phinda GR