Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Archer's Lark

Heteromirafra archeri
The Archer's Lark is a very rare bird found only in a very small range within the country of Somalia. It is estimated that there are less than 250 adults left, but they are so elusive that no one really knows for sure, and no accurate population studies have been done.

The last time it was even officially sighted was back in 1955, and no sound recordings have been made either. They are difficult to locate because they stick to covered spaces, rarely fly, and hide well in grasses.

Unfortunately, there are no real conservation measure for the Archer's Lark, because no one has been able to effectively locate and study them. Habitat loss is the cause for their decline, and they very well may go extinct, if they haven't done so already.

IUCN Status : Critically Endangered
Location : Somalia
Size : Length up to 14cm
Classification : Phylum : Chordata -- Class : Aves -- Order : Passeriformes
Family : Alaudidae -- Genus : Heteromirafra -- Species : H. archeri
Image : Bird Life

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