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Pink-billed Lark - BirdForum Opus

Spizocorys conirostris
Photo by balticbird
Kimberley, South Africa, November 2000

Identification

Length 12-13 cm, mass 12-17 g.

A small stocky Lark with a short, stout pink bill. The chin and throat are white, the breast is rufous-buff, streaked dark brown, and the belly and undertail coverts are rufous-buff.

Similar Species

  • Botha's Lark has a whitish belly, a more streaked breast, a more distinct eyebrow, a more slender bill, and its tail is edged white rather than buff.
  • Sclater's Lark has a longer, brownish bill, and a black 'teardrop' mark on the cheek.

Distribution

Southern Africa: Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, and Zambia.

Taxonomy

Subspecies

Spizocorys conirostris has six or seven subspecies[1]:

An additional subspecies griseovinacea is usually considered invalid[2].

Habitat

Subtropical or tropical dry grassland.

Behaviour

In groups of 5-20 when not breeding. Inconspicuous; usually on the ground, concealed in grass; crosses open ground quickly and seldom perches in an elevated position.

Diet

Forages for invertebrates and seeds.

Breeding

Monogamous. The nest is a cup of dry grass and rootlets. One to three eggs are laid after rain at any time of the year.

References

  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Avibase
  3. 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

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