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  Brown Songlark (Cincloramphus cruralis)





Brown Songlark | Cincloramphus cruralis photo
Male Brown Songlark Cincloramphus cruralis - Baradine

Image by Neville Lazarus - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



BROWN SONGLARK FACTS

Description
The Brown Songlark is a small brown bird found throughout Australia. The male grows to 25 cm long is much larger than the female which grows to about 19 cm long. The adults are brown streaked with darker brown above and grey brown below. The underside of the female is paler than the male. . The eyes and bill are black, and the legs and feet are grey. In breeding plumage some males have black chin and dark grey chest and belly. Females have an indistinct paler stripe above the eye. Juveniles are similar to adult females with more streaking on under parts.

Size
male 25 cm; female 19 cm

Habitat
grassland, open scrubland, pasture

Food
seeds and insects

Breeding
The nest is a deep cup of grass and other plant matter hidden in bush or long grass. The females lays 2 to 5 pale pink eggs with reddish brown spotting.

Range
The Brown Songlark is found in all mainland states of Australia throughout the continent except far north of Western Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland. It is not found in Tasmania.

distribution map showing range of Cincloramphus cruralis in Australia

Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License




Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Sylviidae
Genus:Cincloramphus
Species:cruralis
Common Name:Brown Songlark

Relatives in same Genus
  Rufous Songlark (C. mathewsi)