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
2019-08-09 08:30Queen Elizabeth II NP--Kasenyi Track2
2019-08-14 06:48Queen Elizabeth II NP3
2019-08-19 16:38Serengeti NP--Northern Serengeti2
2019-08-06 06:49Serengeti NP1
2019-08-08 07:23Ngorongoro Conservation Area--Ngorongoro Crater3
2019-08-18 06:45Magongo Hills14
2019-08-12 08:00Arusha NP2
2019-08-10 08:30Addo Elephant NP--Main Rest Camp2
2019-08-11 11:56Midmar Dam Nature Reserve2
2019-08-14 07:00Phinda Private Game Reserve1
2019-08-18 09:41HiP--Imfolozi Section2
2019-08-16 08:47iSimangaliso Wetland Park--Western Shore1
2019-08-18 07:00East London Coast NR1