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16-17 cm (6ΒΌ-6 in), mass 26-33 g.
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The heavy streaking, especially that on the flanks, helps to distinguish this from other larks.
South Africa; west coast to southern interior.
Formerly placed in genus Certhilauda.
Usually found in areas with sandy soils, with shrubs and other vegetation.
Generally seen in pairs, foraging on the ground for invertebrates and seeds; also eats fruit, leaves and flowers.
Monogamous and territorial. The nest is a cup with an open dome, built using plant material on the ground under a tuft of grass or shrub. Two to four eggs are laid July-November, often in response to rain.
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