Horsfield's Bushlark Mirafra javanica
(aka Australian Skylark, Singing Bushlark.
Horsfield's Bushlark, Bool Lagoon, South Australia, February 2006 - click for larger image Bool Lagoon, South Australia
February 2006

Horsfield's Bushlark is distributed on mainland Australia with the exception of the centre and south-west. It is found in tussock grassland where it feeds on seeds and insects.

Horsfield's Bushlark, Bool Lagoon, South Australia, February 2006 - click for larger image There are nine sub-species in Australia with a wide range of colouration which, in part, reflects the colour of the local soil. It also reflects humidity, wear of the plumage and the fact that they dust bathe.

Like the introduced Skylark Alauda arvensis it sings at a considerable height above the ground but it doesn't descend so steeply as the Skylark.

Horsfield's Bushlark, Bool Lagoon, South Australia, February 2006 - click for larger image
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