Masked lark

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Masked lark
Masked Lark specimen RWD.jpg
Specimen at Nairobi National Museum
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Alaudidae
Genus: Spizocorys
S. personata
Binomial name
Spizocorys personata
Sharpe, 1895

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Spizocorys personata distribution map.png
  • Calandrella personata

The masked lark (Spizocorys personata) is a species of lark in the family Alaudidae. It is found in Ethiopia and Kenya. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry shrubland and subtropical or tropical dry lowland grassland.

Taxonomy and systematics

Some authorities have placed the masked lark in the genus Calandrella.[2]


Four subspecies are recognized:[3]

  • S. p. personata - Sharpe, 1895: Found in eastern Ethiopia
  • S. p. yavelloensis - (Benson, 1947): Found in southern Ethiopia and northern Kenya
  • S. p. mcchesneyi - (Williams, JG, 1957): Found on the Marsabit Plateau (northern Kenya)
  • S. p. intensa - (Rothschild, 1931): Found in central Kenya


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Spizocorys personata". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Spizocorys personata - Avibase". Retrieved 2016-12-04.
  3. ^ "IOC World Bird List 6.4". IOC World Bird List Datasets. doi:10.14344/

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