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