Bird Singing Bushlark (Mirafra javanica)

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Scientific Name: Mirafra javanica

Common Name: Singing Bushlark

Order: Passeriformes

Family: Alaudidae

Other Names: Horsfield's Bushlark, Australasian bushlark, Brown bushlark.

Distribution: From Eyre Peninsula, South Australia, through Eastern Australia, Northern Territory and Western Australia to Shark Bay. This species is vagrant to Tasmania.

Habitat: Found tropical and temperate grasslands, open woodlands, cereal crops and sparse sugar cane fields.

Field Notes: Small, short, thickset bird with short sparrow-like bill. Upper parts brown, reddish or sandy in colour with darker central streaks to the feathers. The breast is mottled or streaked and has a buff eyebrow. Underparts are pale, with a brown tail. Mainly found on the ground and runs without bobbing. ize: 12-15 cm
Note: similar to skylark and Richards Pipit but a much smaller bird.

Photo by auscraft, 2012, Goomeri

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