either of the two species of the Australian genus Cinclorhamphus, of the songbird family Maluridae (order Passeriformes) or the subfamily Orthonychinae (see Muscicapidae). Both are drab and vaguely larklike; males of both species are much larger than females. The rufous songlark (C. mathewsi), 20 cm (8 inches) long, lives in open forests and has a lively song; the 30-centimetre (12-inch) brown, or black-breasted, songlark (C. cruralis) lives in open country, utters creaky chuckling notes, and has a flight song, as larks do.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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