Mirafra rufocinnamomea (Flappet
Laeveldklappertjie [Afrikaans]; uQaqashe [Zulu]; Yisimatuli
(generic term for lark) [Kwangali]; Chitambirmbuya [Shona]; Mamhengele,
Matharhatharha, Phapharharha [Tsonga]; Sebotha (generic term for lark)
[Tswana]; Ratelleeuwerik [Dutch]; Alouette bourdonnante [French];
Baumklapperlerche, Zimtbaumlerche [German]; Cotovia-das-castanholas
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Order: Passeriformes > Family: Alaudidae
> Genus: Mirafra
Distribution and habitat
Occurs much of sub-Saharan Africa (excluding lowland
forests), from Senegal to Ethiopia south to southern Africa. Here it is fairly
common in grassy clearings and drainage lines within broad-leaved woodland,
especially Burkea (Burkea africana), miombo (Brachystegia) and
Zambezi teak (Baikiaea plurijuga), also occupying coastal grassland and
Distribution of Flappet lark in southern Africa,
based on statistical smoothing of the records from first SA Bird Atlas
Animal Demography unit, University of
Cape Town; smoothing by Birgit Erni and Francesca Little). Colours range
from dark blue (most common) through to yellow (least common).
See here for the latest distribution
from the SABAP2.
It eats invertebrates and grass seeds, doing most of its
foraging on the ground. The following food items have been recorded
in its diet:
- Grass seeds
- The nest is a partially or completely domed cup, built of dry grass and
lined with rootlets. It is typically placed in a scrape or hollow in the
ground adjacent to a tuft or two of grass, the leaves of which are
incorporated into the dome.
- Egg-laying season is from October-April, peaking from November-February.
- It lays 2-3 dull white eggs, which are speckled, spotted or streaked
with brown and grey.
- The chicks leave the nest after about 11 days, before they are able to
Hockey PAR, Dean WRJ and Ryan PG 2005. Roberts
- Birds of southern Africa, VIIth ed. The Trustees of the John Voelcker
Bird Book Fund, Cape Town.