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Karoo Lark

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Photo © by Mike BarthWestern Cape, South Africa, October 2014
Photo © by Mike Barth
Western Cape, South Africa, October 2014
Calendulauda albescens

Certhilauda albescens

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[edit] Identification

16-17 cm (6ΒΌ-6 in), mass 26-33 g.
A heavily streaked, medium-sized lark
The white eyebrow and throat contrast with the heavily streaked breast
Slightly de-curved bill

[edit] Similar Species

The heavy streaking, especially that on the flanks, helps to distinguish this from other larks.

[edit] Distribution

South Africa; west coast to southern interior.

[edit] Taxonomy

Formerly placed in genus Certhilauda.

[edit] Subspecies

Four subspecies are recognized1,2:

  • C. a. albescens:
  • South West Cape Province (Cape Town to Berg River)
  • C. a. codea:
  • C. a. guttata:
  • Cape Province (Clanwilliam to Little Namaqualand)
  • C. a. karruensis:
  • Cape Province (Calvinia and Williston to Oudtshoorn)

[edit] Habitat

Usually found in areas with sandy soils, with shrubs and other vegetation.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Generally seen in pairs, foraging on the ground for invertebrates and seeds; also eats fruit, leaves and flowers.

[edit] Breeding

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.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Hockey, PAR, WRJ Dean, and PG Ryan, eds. 2005. Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa. 7th ed. Cape Town: John Voelcker Bird Book Fund. ISBN 978-0620340533
  3. Sinclair, I and P Ryan. 2003. Birds of Africa South of the Sahara. Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0691118154
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved December 2018)

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