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Singing Bushlark

(Mirafra javanica)
Alternate name(s): "Horsfield's Bushlark", "Australasian Bushlark", "Cinnamon Bushlark", "Australian Skylark", "Croplark"
Size: 12-15 cm
Weight: 18-25 g

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Singing Bushlark at Wikipedia .

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Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "horsfieldii"

ADULT

Frontal view of an adult Singing Bushlark on a gravel road
[Eulah Creek, NSW, January 2011]

Near-lateral view of a Singing Bushlark on the ground (photo courtesy of C. Hayne)

Lateral view of a Singing Bushlark looking at the observer
[Goran Lake, NSW, October 2011]

Lateral view of a Singing Bushlark
[Goran Lake, NSW, October 2011]

The same Singing Bushlark seen at the very moment it launches itself into the air
[Goran Lake, NSW, October 2011]

Lateral view of the same Singing Bushlark
[Eulah Creek, NSW, January 2011]

Race "soderbergi"

ADULT

Frontal view of an adult Singing Bushlark (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Leanyer Swamp, Darwin, NT, November 2018]

Near-frontal view of a Singing Bushlark (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Leanyer Swamp, Darwin, NT, November 2018]

Near-frontal view of an adult Singing Bushlark issuing its call (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Leanyer Swamp, Darwin, NT, November 2018]

Near-frontal view of a Singing Bushlark looking sideways (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Leanyer Swamp, Darwin, NT, November 2018]

Near-lateral view of a Singing Bushlark (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Darwin, NT, August 2013]

Lateral view of a Singing Bushlark (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Darwin, NT, August 2013]

Male Singing Bushlark marking its territory from a high perch; this is the bird whose calls were recorded on 11 November 2018 (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Knuckey Lagoon, Darwin, NT, November 2018]

Near-frontal view of a Singing Bushlark in flight (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Darwin, NT, August 2013]

Behaviour

Social behaviour: Territorial Mobility: Partly migratory Elementary unit: Solitary/pair

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

singlrk_20141121.mp3 horsfieldii
(NW NSW)
Territorial calls (male display flight) © MD
singlrk_20151219.mp3 horsfieldii
(NW NSW)
Territorial calls (male) © MD
 
singlrk_pb_20181111_2.m4a soderbergi
(Top End, NT)
Territorial calls (male) © PB
singlrk_pb_20181111.m4a soderbergi
(Top End, NT)
Territorial calls (male) + mimicry (Jacky Winter) © PB
singlrk_pb_20181111_3.m4a soderbergi
(Top End, NT)
Territorial calls (male) + mimicry (Jacky Winter) © PB

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