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
2021-02-25 07:32Etosha NP--Fischer's Pan Loop5
2021-02-01 15:57Queen Elizabeth II NP--Ishasha and Katobi loop10
2021-02-18 10:30Queen Elizabeth II NP--Ishasha sector 27
2021-02-10 08:30Queen Elizabeth II NP--Kasenyi Track1
2021-02-19 07:15Queen Elizabeth II NP--Lake Bunyampaka9
2021-02-05 06:21Akagera Np -- Mohana Plain and Lake Rwanyakazinga Picnic Site2
2021-02-07 06:20Magashi Peninsula1
2021-02-24 05:29Okavango Delta--Mombo/Little Mombo Camp2
2021-01-31 20:23Nkima Forest Lodge4
2021-02-26 05:59Angama Lodge (Ol Kurruk)1
2021-02-23 14:00Maasai Mara NR--Mara Triangle6
2021-02-14 06:30Maasai Mara NR* general (pls. use more precise loc.)
2021-02-06 07:10Maasai Mara NR, Eastern Section
2021-02-01 07:00Lake Nakuru NP4
2021-02-02 15:00Malu Farm1
2021-02-28 08:10Ngorongoro Conservation Area--Ngorongoro Crater10
2021-02-08 18:00Corner Baridi (Magadi Rd)2
2021-02-21 07:06Nairobi NP
2021-02-25 07:40Tarangire NP--Tarangire Safari Lodge1
2021-02-03 07:00Kitengela, Athi Plains1
2021-02-09 08:06Athi River at Manyatta1
2021-02-26 08:00Magongo Hills9
2021-02-26 07:26Mokolo Dam Nature Reserve1
2021-03-01 06:19Marakele NP2
2021-02-28 07:49Abe Bailey Nature Reserve4
2021-02-05 07:30Zaagkuildrift Rd (Please be more specific; Do not log Kgomo-Kgomo birds here.)6
2021-03-01 06:00Sondela Nature Reserve1
2021-02-17 10:19Soetdoring Nature Reserve4
2021-02-13 08:33Nylsvley Nature Reserve--Vogelfontein
2021-02-24 07:10Houtrivier Dam2
2021-02-11 05:51Diepsloot Nature Reserve1
2021-02-20 06:33Roodeplaat Dam Nature Reserve7
2021-02-03 06:45Naturena5
2021-02-07 08:40Leeuwkloof Valley Conservancy1
2021-02-27 10:11Rietvlei Nature Reserve2
2021-02-24 10:57Polokwane GR1
2021-02-14 06:14Mkhombo Nature Reserve1
2021-02-21 06:00Thokoza Wetland1
2021-02-13 12:54Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve3
2021-02-09 07:38Kruger NP--Klopperfontein Dam1
2021-02-20 15:28Wonderfontein Pans4
2021-02-22 11:53Kruger NP--Phalaborwa-Letaba Rd1
2021-02-11 05:13Singita Ebony Lodge15
2021-02-08 05:26Kruger NP--S90 (H1-4 to S41)2
2021-02-09 16:10Mala-Mala Game Reserve1
2021-02-07 10:22Kruger NP--Trichardt Rd1
2021-02-07 09:51Kruger NP--Tshokwane2
2021-02-07 05:52Kruger NP--Old Tshokwane Rd/S1283
2021-02-07 06:23Midmar Dam--South Shore (Thurlow Gate)10
2021-02-20 06:50Cedara Agricultural College Conservancy8
2021-02-28 11:42Albert Falls NR4
2021-02-13 05:59Pietermaritzburg--Bisley Road1
2021-02-14 08:47Tala Private GR3
2021-02-07 05:34Manyoni GR (please be more specific)4
2021-02-05 09:10Maputo Elephant Game Reserve
2021-02-23 05:00Phinda GR
2021-01-31 15:18Ngoye FR1
2021-02-28 08:30Mpempe Pan
2021-02-28 06:30Nibela Floodplains