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Mirafra degodiensis

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Aves
Subclassis: Carinatae
Infraclassis: Neornithes
Parvclassis: Neognathae
Ordo: Passeriformes
Subordo: Passeri
Parvordo: Passerida
Superfamilia: Passeroidea
Familia: Alaudidae
Genus: Mirafra
Species: Mirafra degodiensis


Mirafra degodiensis Erard, 1975

The Degodi Lark (Mirafra degodiensis) is a species of lark in the Alaudidae family endemic to Ethiopia.



A small (14 cm long), slender lark, with abundant streaking, very similar to a pipit, Anthus. Markings on breast faint on light, buff underbelly. Voice is a 4-6-note trill; twill-ill-ill-ill-ill, and shorter tsee-tsee.[1]

Habitat and diet

Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical dry shrubland. It eats caterpillars and small orthopterans and is found among low Acacia bushes on bare soil, with scattered Commiphora bushes and other species. Often seen using bushes for perches. It is threatened by habitat loss.[1]

Range & population

We have, at present no more than a rough sketch of Mirafra degodiensis, gleened from infrequently gathered facts. This, as well, goes for its population and range, but it is believed to have a very small population. Its known range covers about 400 square km, possibly up to 2,000 square km. Seen most reliably east of Bogol Manya, Ethiopia.[1]


In 2009 the IUCN treated Mirafra degodiensis as a synonym of Mirafra gilletti (Gillett's Lark), which it assessed as Least Concern.[2]



^ a b c d Compilers: Jonathan Ekstrom, Sue Shutes, Malcolm Starkey, Joe Taylor; Contributor: Ian Sinclair (2008). "Degodi Lark - BirdLife Species Factsheet". Evaluators: Stuart Butchart, Joe Taylor. BirdLife International . Retrieved May 11, 2009.
^ BirdLife International (2009). "Mirafra gilletti". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.1. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 5 August 2011.

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