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Botha's Lark - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Bokmakierie99
Wakkerstroom, Mpumalanga, South Africa, August 2016
Spizocorys fringillaris

Identification

Length 13-14 cm, mass 16-21 g.
A small lark with a pink bill. The upper parts, breast and flanks are heavily streaked blackish, and the belly and under-tail coverts are white.

Distribution

Highlands of the north-eastern Free State and western Mpumalanga provinces of South Africa.

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

Habitat

Short grassland.

Behaviour

Diet

Inconspicuous; forages on the ground for invertebrates and seeds.

Breeding

Monogamous. The nest is a cup of dry grass built on the ground, usually between grass tufts. Two to three eggs are laid October to January.

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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