Fischer's Sparrow-Lark

Eremopterix leucopareia

Fischer's Sparrow-Lark female, Eremopterix leucopareia, photo © by Michael Plagens

Female. Savanna habitat in Nairobi National Park, Kenya. Dec. 2015.

The brown and gray color of lark species allow them to be camouflaged in their typical open, savanna habitat. However, without bold marks most are hard to tell apart from the many similar species. The male of Fischer's (below) is an exception with its black face and bold white cheek patch. Larks are primarily insectivorous but this species also feeds on grass seeds and has a heavier finch-like bill to handle them.

Fischer's Sparrow-Lark male, Eremopterix leucopareia, photo © by Michael Plagens

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

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, page created 27 Aug. 2015,
updated 25 Sept. 2015