- Certhilauda subcoronata
Length 18-22 cm, mass 35-47 cm. A large lark with a long, decurved bill. Upper parts are dark brown in the south to reddish in the north, streaked darker; streaking more marked in the south. Under parts whitish, streaked dark brown on the breast.
- C. s. bradshawi
- C. s. damarensis
- West-central Namibia
- C. s. subcoronata
- Inland western South Africa
- C. s. gilli
- Inland south-western South Africa
Semi-arid shrublands and grassy shrublands (karroid vegetation); usually rocky or stony areas.
Usually seen alone or in pairs. Forages on the ground for invertebrates and seeds; also eats fruit and small corms.
The male sings from a perch, the ground, and while in aerial display. The call is a loud descending whistle peeeuuu lasting about a second (repeated every 8-15 seconds while perched).
Monogamous and territorial. The nest is a cup of twigs and roots, sometimes with a partial dome; it is built on the ground at the base of a bush or stone. Two to three eggs are laid.
- Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist.
- 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
- Sibley, CG and BL Monroe. 1996. Birds of the World, on diskette, Windows version 2.0. Charles G. Sibley, Santa Rosa, CA, USA.
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Karoo Long-billed Lark. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 28 October 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/opus/Karoo_Long-billed_Lark