Red-capped Lark

Calandrella cinerea

Red-capped Lark, Calandrella cinerea, photo © by Michael Plagens

Grass with scattered shrubs in rangeland at Corner Baridi, Magadi Road, Kenya. Dec. 2014.

From Wikipedia: This is a species of short grassland including fallow agricultural areas. In eastern Africa, it is found in the highlands, normally above 1000 m. The red-capped lark is 14 to 15 cm long with a typically upright stance. The colour of the streaked grey to brown upperparts is variable, with subspecies differing in hue and brightness, but this species is easily identified by its rufous cap, white underparts, and red shoulders. The short head crest is normally not noticeable except when it is raised during courtship displays.

Alaudidae -- Lark Family


  • Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania by Zimmerman et al.
  • Birds of East Africa by Stevenson and Fanshawe

More Information:

Kenya Natural History

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