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Brown Songlark

(Cincloramphus cruralis)
Alternate name(s): "Black-breasted Lark", "Harvest-bird", "Singing Lark*", "Skylark*"
Aboriginal name(s): "yedjoolop*" (WA)

Size: 23-25 cm (male), 18-19 cm (female)
Weight: 66-82 g (male), 28-36 g (female)

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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 Brown Songlark at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

MALE

BREEDING

Distant frontal view of a male Brown Songlark in breeding plumage
[Near Narrabri, NSW, December 2008]

Lateral view of a male Brown Songlark in breeding plumage singing in its display flight
[Goran Lake, NSW, October 2011]

The same male Brown Songlark as shown above, viewed at a slightly different angle
[Goran Lake, NSW, October 2011]

This photo shows clearly the semi-translucent appearance of a male Brown Songlark's wing feathers
[Goran Lake, NSW, October 2011]

Lateral view of a male Brown Songlark in transitional plumage
[Near Bellata, NSW, October 2013]

Lateral view of a male Brown Songlark in transitional plumage, just starting to moult, while already seen busy marking its territory with display flights and territorial calls
[Near Bellata, NSW, September 2015]

Near-dorsal view of a male Brown Songlark in transitional plumage
[Near Bellata, NSW, October 2013]

NON-BREEDING

Lateral view of a male Brown Songlark in non-breeding plumage
[Goran Lake, NSW, October 2013]

Dorsal view of a male Brown Songlark in non-breeding plumage looking back
[Goran Lake, NSW, October 2013]

Dorsal views of a male Brown Songlark in non-breeding plumage - tail down (left) and tail cocked (right)
[Goran Lake, NSW, October 2013]

FEMALE

This female Brown Songlark was found with its foot stuck in sticky bitumen and had to be rescued by the photographer (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[50 km N of Leinster, Northern Goldfields, WA, December 2014]

Lateral view of Brown Songlarks with the male on the right and the much paler female on the left; this photo was taken at the end of the breeding season, when both birds had already moulted into their non-breeding plumage
[Near Bourke, NSW, March 2008]


Dorsal views of the same two Brown Songlarks as shown above
[Near Bourke, NSW, March 2008]

Behaviour

Social behaviour: Territorial Mobility: Migratory Elementary unit: 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.

brnslrk_20140412.mp3 (NW NSW) Territorial call (display flight) © MD

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