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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Infraclassis: Archosauromorpha
Cladus: Crurotarsi
Divisio: Archosauria
Subsectio: Ornithodira
Subtaxon: Dinosauromorpha
Cladus: Dinosauria
Ordo: Saurischia
Cladus: Theropoda
Cladus: Neotheropoda
Infraclassis: Aves
Ordo: Passeriformes
Subordo: Passeri
Infraordo: Passerida
Superfamilia: Passeroidea

Familia: Alaudidae
Genus: Alaemon
Species: A. alaudipes - A. hamertoni


Alaemon Keyserling & Blasius, 1840


Alaemon Keyserling & Blasius, 1840
Vernacular names


Alaemon is a genus of birds in the family Alaudidae, commonly called hoopoe larks.

Taxonomy and systematics

The name Alaemon comes from the Greek alēmōn, meaning "wanderer" (from alaomai, meaning "to wander").[1] The genus was established by Alexander Keyserling and Johann Heinrich Blasius in 1840.[2]
Extant species

The genus contains two species:[3]

Image Scientific name Common Name Distribution
Greater Hoopoe Lark - Kutch, crop.jpg Alaemon alaudipes Greater hoopoe-lark Cape Verde Islands across much of northern Africa, through the Arabian peninsula, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India
Alaemon hamertoni Lesser hoopoe-lark Somalia

Former species

Other species, or subspecies, formerly considered as species in the genus Alaemon include:

Damara longbill (as Alaemon damarensis)[4]
Gordonia longbill (as Alaemon bradshawi)[5]
Benguela long-billed lark (as Alaemon benguelensis)[6]
South-eastern Dupont's lark (as Alaemon Margaritae)[7]


Jobling, James A. (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Names. London, UK: Christopher Helm. p. 37. ISBN 978-1-4081-2501-4.
"ITIS Report: Alaemon". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 25 November 2014.
Gill, Frank; Donsker, David, eds. (2018). "Nicators, reedling, larks". World Bird List Version 8.2. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
"Certhilauda damarensis - Avibase". Retrieved 2016-12-16.
"Certhilauda subcoronata bradshawi - Avibase". Retrieved 2016-12-17.
"Certhilauda benguelensis - Avibase". Retrieved 2016-12-16.
"Chersophilus duponti margaritae - Avibase". Retrieved 2016-12-18.

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