This bird is I suspect, often overlooked by even enthusiastic bird watchers. Horsfield’s Bushlark Mirafra javanica inhabits the plains country west of Newstead. It’s common name might seem a bit odd, but it can be found in open woodlands, especially in the more northern parts of its range which extends over much of eastern and northern Australia.
Two similar species are also found in the same habitat on the Moolort Plains, the Australasian Pipit, together with the less common and somewhat cryptic Eurasian Skylark. This latter species was introduced from Britain in the 1850s and is often heard rather than seen as it spirals to great heights in its song flight. Horsfield’s Bushlark is a breeding migrant to our area although small numbers remain during winter.