Red-capped lark

Upperpart coloration is very variable but the rufous cap, unmarked, white underparts and russet smudges on the sides of the breast are diagnostic.
Male is redder than female and has a longer crest. Juvenile has dark brown upperparts, spotted with white, and is pale below with a heavily spotted breast; it lacks the red cap and epaulettes of the adult.
Open country with very short grass cover.
A sparrow-like 'tchweerp', given in flight; song a sustained jumble of melodious phrases, given during display flight.


(en) Red-capped lark
(sc) Calandrella cinerea
(nl) Roodkapleeuwerik
(af) Rooikoplewerik