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  Rufous Songlark (Cincloramphus mathewsi)





Rufous Songlark | Cincloramphus mathewsi photo
Rufous Songlark, ''Cincloramphus mathewsi'', taken in Swifts Creek, Victoria

Image by Fir0002/Flagstaffotos - GNU Free Documentation License.    (view image details)



RUFOUS SONGLARK FACTS

Description
The Rufous Songlark is a small brown bird found throughout Australia. The male grows to 19 cm long is larger than the female which grows to about 16 cm long. It is similar to the Brown Skylark which is a larger bird. The bird is streaky brown above and pale grey below, with a darker line through the eye. The rump is a distinctive reddish brown. Breeding males have a black bill, females and non breeding males have a pale bill.

Size
male 19 cm; female 16 cm

Habitat
grassland, open woodland, pasture

Food
insects and other arthropods

Breeding
The nest is a deep cup made of grass situated in low bush or long grass.

Range
The Rufous Songlark is found in all mainland states of Australia throughout the continent. It is not found in Tasmania.

distribution map showing range of Cincloramphus mathewsi 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:mathewsi
Common Name:Rufous Songlark

Relatives in same Genus
  Brown Songlark (C. cruralis)