A large lark with a long, strong bill and a long tail. Back is scaly-looking and underparts pale, with a black mark on the side of the breast. The wings look rufous in flight. Found very locally in dry and open savanna. Most similar to Rufous-naped Lark, but hardly overlaps in range, and separated by the larger size and the black mark on the side of the breast. The song is a variable but repetitive mix of whistled notes and imitations of other species, usually given from the top of a bush, but sometimes in flight.