Plains songster

The Brown Songlark is another of our spring migrants, a bird that goes largely unnoticed in our district I suspect. Unlike its close relative, the woodland-loving Rufous Songlark, the Brown Songlark is confined to the open plains country to the west of Newstead.


Brown Songlark (male), Moolort Plains, 20th December 2015.

The male is a rich, chocolate colour and is usually spotted sitting atop a prominent perch, such as a fence-post, with its tail cocked surveying the surroundings. The males leave the perch and erupt into rich song as they ascend on long circling, fluttering flights. The females are smaller, similar to Rufous Songlarks in appearance and are rarely seen – they are cryptic and wary.


Male Rufous Songlark in typical pose with the tail cocked.


Handsome plains songster.

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