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The rusty bush lark (Mirafra rufa), also known as the rusty lark is a species of lark in the family Alaudidae found in the Sahel region of north-central Africa.

Rusty bush lark
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Alaudidae
Genus: Mirafra
M. rufa
Binomial name
Mirafra rufa
Lynes, 1920

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Taxonomy and systematicsEdit


Three subspecies are recognized:[2]

  • M. r. nigriticola - Bates, 1932: Found from Mali to Niger
  • M. r. rufa - Lynes, 1920: Found in Chad and western Sudan
  • M. r. lynesi - Grant, CHB & Mackworth-Praed, 1933: Found in central Sudan

Distribution and habitatEdit

The range of the rusty bush lark is large, with an estimated global extent of occurrence of 470,000 km2. It is typically found inhabiting the dry savannah ecoregions of Chad, Mali, Niger, Sudan, and Togo.[1]


  1. ^ a b BirdLife International (2012). "Mirafra rufa". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ "IOC World Bird List 6.4". IOC World Bird List Datasets. doi:10.14344/