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Rufous-naped Lark

Mirafra africana Smith, A 1836

The rufous-naped lark or rufous-naped bush lark 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 a bold and often repeated wing-fluttering display from a prominent perch, which is accompanied by a melodious and far-carrying whistled phrase. This rudimentary display has been proposed as the precursor to the wing-clapping displays of other bush lark species. They have consistently rufous outer wings and a short erectile crest, but the remaining plumage hues and markings are individually and geographically variable. It has a straight lower, and longish, curved upper mandible. Source: Wikipedia




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Classification
Order:
  Passeriformes
Family:
  Alaudidae
Genus:
   Mirafra
Scientific:
  Mirafra africana


Original description

Citation:
  Smith, A 1836

Reference:
   Rep. Exped. C. Afr.

Protonym:
  Mirafra africana

Link:
  https://archive.org/details/reportexpeditio00afrigoog/page/n53


Avibase identifiers

Avibase ID:
  6A0D61232C44E272

Avibase ID:
  avibase-6A0D6123

Short link:
  https://avibase.ca/6A0D6123


Taxonomic Serial Number:
  TSN: 561139

Geographic range:

  • Mirafra africana africana: S Natal to e Cape Province
  • Mirafra africana henrici: Guinea to Liberia
  • Mirafra africana batesi: Niger to Nigeria
  • Mirafra africana ruwenzoria: E Democratic Republic of the Congo to sw Uganda
  • Mirafra africana athi: C Kenya (Nairobi and Nakuru) to ne Tanzania
  • Mirafra africana harterti: E Kenya (Ukamba)
  • Mirafra africana occidentalis: W Angola (Huila escarpment north to Kisama)
  • Mirafra africana gomesi: E Angola (Macondo) to nw Zambia (Kabompo)
  • Mirafra africana kabalii: NE Angola (Luiacana) and w Zambia (Balovale)
  • Mirafra africana pallida: Namibia (Windhoek north to Kaokoveld and Ovamboland)
  • Mirafra africana ghansiensis: Namibia and w Botswana
  • Mirafra africana chapini: S Democratic Republic of the Congo and nw Zambia
  • Mirafra africana transvaalensis: SE Botswana to Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Malawi and South Africa
  • Mirafra africana isolata: Malawi (Mangochi District)
  • Mirafra africana grisescens: W Zambia to nw Zimbabwe and n Botswana
  • Mirafra africana kurrae: Sudan (Kurra and Darfur provinces)
  • Mirafra africana stresemanni: N Cameroon (Ngaoundéré)
  • Mirafra africana bamendae: W Cameroon
  • Mirafra africana tropicalis: S Uganda to w Kenya and n Tanzania
  • Mirafra africana nigrescens: NE Zambia (Lundazi) and s Tanzania (Ukinga and Njombe)
  • Mirafra africana nyikae: Nyika Plateau (e Zambia and Malawi)
  • Mirafra africana malbranti: C and s Democratic Republic of the Congo (Djambala, Petianga and Kasai) to se Gabon
  • Show more...
English:
Rufous-naped Lark
Catalan:
alosa de clatell rogenc
Czech:
skřívan proměnlivý
Danish:
Rødnakket Busklærke
German:
Rotnackenlerche
Spanish:
Alondra de Cuello Rufo
Spanish (Spain):
Alondra Nuquirrufa
Finnish:
punaniskakiuru
French:
Alouette à nuque rousse
Croatian:
kudrava ševa
Hungarian:
vörösnyakú bokorpacsirta
Italian:
Allodola di macchia nucarossiccia
Japanese (romaji):
chairoyabuhibari
Japanese:
チャエリヤブヒバリ
Lithuanian:
Afrikinis krūmyninis vieversys
Dutch:
Roodnekleeuwerik
Norwegian:
Melankolilerke
Polish:
skowroniec bialokarkowy
Portuguese:
Cotovia-de-nuca-vermelha
Portuguese (Portugal):
cotovia-de-nuca-vermelha
Russian:
Африканский кустарниковый жаворонок
Slovak:
škovránok hnedotylový
Serbian:
Riđovrata ševa
Swedish:
Rödnackad savannlärka
Ukrainian:
Фірлюк африканський
Chinese:
棕颈歌百灵
Chinese (Traditional):
棕頸歌百靈


Authorities recognizing this taxonomic concept:

Avibase taxonomic concepts (current):
Rufous-naped Lark ( Mirafra africana) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 2023 (May 2023):
Rufous-naped Lark ( Mirafra africana) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 01 (August 2013):
Rufous-naped Lark ( Mirafra africana) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 02 (May 2014):
Rufous-naped Lark ( Mirafra africana) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 03 (March 2015):
Rufous-naped Lark ( Mirafra africana) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 04 (Aug 2016):
Rufous-naped Lark ( Mirafra africana) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 05 (Jan 2017):
Rufous-naped Lark ( Mirafra africana) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 06 (Feb 2018):
Rufous-naped Lark ( Mirafra africana) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 07 (Feb 2020):
Rufous-naped Lark ( Mirafra africana) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 08 (Feb 2021):
Rufous-naped Lark ( Mirafra africana) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 09 (Dec 2016):
Rufous-naped Lark ( Mirafra africana) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 09.1 (Jun 2017):
Rufous-naped Lark ( Mirafra africana) [version 1]
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v2 (Dec 2017):
Rufous-naped Lark ( Mirafra africana) [version 1]
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v3 (Nov 2018):
Rufous-naped Lark ( Mirafra africana) [version 1]
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v4 (Dec 2019):
Rufous-naped Lark ( Mirafra africana) [version 1]
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v5 (Dec 2020):
Rufous-naped Lark ( Mirafra africana) [version 1]
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v6 (Dec 2021):
Rufous-naped Lark ( Mirafra africana) [version 1]
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v6b (Jul 2022):
Rufous-naped Lark ( Mirafra africana) [version 1]
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v7 (Dec 2022):
Rufous-naped Lark ( Mirafra africana) [version 1]
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v8 (Dec 2023):
Rufous-naped Lark ( Mirafra africana) [version 1]
Commission internationale pour les noms français des oiseaux (1993):
Alouette à nuque rousse ( Mirafra africana) [version 1]
Clements 1st edition:
Rufous-naped Bushlark ( Mirafra africana) [version 1]
Clements, version 2022:
Rufous-naped Lark ( Mirafra africana) [version 1]
Clements, version 2023:
Rufous-naped Lark ( Mirafra africana) [version 1]
Clements 4th edition:
Rufous-naped Lark ( Mirafra africana) [version 1]
eBird version 2022:
Rufous-naped Lark ( Mirafra africana) [version 1]
eBird version 2023:
Rufous-naped Lark ( Mirafra africana) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (03/07/2017):
Rufous-naped Lark ( Mirafra africana) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World and Birdlife (Dec 2017):
Rufous-naped Lark ( Mirafra africana) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World and Birdlife (Dec 2018):
Rufous-naped Lark ( Mirafra africana) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 13.1:
Rufous-naped Lark ( Mirafra africana) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 13.2:
Rufous-naped Lark ( Mirafra africana) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 14.1:
Rufous-naped Lark ( Mirafra africana) [version 1]
Sibley and Monroe (1993):
Rufous-naped Lark ( Mirafra africana) [version 1]
Sibley and Monroe (1993, including corrections up to 1998):
Rufous-naped Lark ( Mirafra africana) [version 1]
Sibley and Monroe, Birds of the World Version 2.0:
Rufous-naped Lark ( Mirafra africana) [version 1]
Working Group Avian Checklists, version 0.02:
Rufous-naped Lark ( Mirafra africana) [version 1]
Working Group Avian Checklists, version 0.03:
Rufous-naped Lark ( Mirafra africana) [version 1]
Zoonomen - Zoological Nomenclature Resource:
Mirafra africana [version 1]

Taxonomic status:

Species status: full species (sometimes nominal subspecies)

This taxon is considered a subspecies of Mirafra [africana or sharpii] (sensu lato) by some authors

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Afrikaans: Rooineklewerik
Catalan: alosa de clatell rogenc
Czech: Skrivan promenlivý, skřívan proměnlivý
Danish: Rødnakket Busklærke
German: Elliot-Lerche, Kurzhaubenlerche, Rotnackenlerche
English: Rufous naped Lark, Rufous-naped Bush Lark, Rufous-naped Bushlark, Rufousnaped Lark, Rufous-naped Lark
English (Kenya): Rufous-naped Lark
Esperanto: Ruĝnuka alaŭdo
Spanish: Alondra de Cuello Rufo, Alondra nuquirrufa
Spanish (Spain): Alondra Nuquirrufa
Estonian: ruuge-rohtlalõoke
Finnish: Punaniskakiuru
French: Alouette à nuque rousse
Croatian: kudrava ševa
Hungarian: vörösnyakú bokorpacsirta
Italian: Allodola di macchia nucarossiccia, Allodola nucarossiccia
Japanese (romaji): chaeriyabuhibari, chairoyabuhibari
Japanese: チャイロヤブヒバリ, チャエリヤブヒバリ
Kwangali: Yisimatuli
Scientific: Alauda africana, Mirafra africana, Mirafra africana africana, Mirafra sharpei, Mirafra sharpii
Lithuanian: Afrikinis krūmyninis vieversys
Dutch: Roodnekleeuwerik
Norwegian: Melankolilerke
Polish: skowroniec bialokarkowy, skowroniec białokarkowy
Portuguese: Cotovia-de-nuca-vermelha
Portuguese (Portugal): cotovia-de-nuca-vermelha
Russian: Африканский кустарниковый жаворонок
Slovak: Ékovránok hnedotylý, škovránok hnedotylový, škovránok hnedotylý
Serbian: Riđovrata ševa
Sotho, Southern: Tsiroane
Swedish: Rödnackad savannlärka
Swahili: Kipozamataza Kisogo-chekundu
Tswana: Sebotha
Turkish: Kızıl Enseli Toygar
Tsonga: Mapuluhweni
Ukrainian: Фірлюк африканський
Xhosa: Igwangqa
Chinese: 棕颈歌百灵
Chinese (Traditional): 棕頸歌百靈
Zulu: uNgqangendlela

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