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Sclater's Lark - BirdForum Opus

Photo by AdamRiley
East of Brandvlei, South Africa, December 2009
Spizocorys sclateri

Identification

A small, chunky lark with a large bill. The buffy belly and dark 'teardrop' mark below the eye are features useful for identification.

Distribution

Inland southern Namibia and western South Africa.

Taxonomy

Three subspecies have been described, but most authorities regard the species monotypic.[2],[3]

Habitat

Dry shrubland and gravel plains.

Status

Classified as Near Threatened in the 2008 IUCN Red List.[1]

Behaviour

Forages on the ground for seeds and invertebrates.

Vocalisation

A soft prrp prrp.

Breeding

Monogamous. The nest is a cup built using leaves, stems and awns, and surrounded by an apron of pebbles; usually built in the open, rather than near vegetative cover. A single egg is laid, mainly August to November, and is incubated for about 13 days.

References

  1. BirdLife International. 2008. Species factsheet: Spizocorys sclateri. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 24/12/2008.
  2. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  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
  4. Sinclair, I and P Ryan. 2003. Birds of Africa South of the Sahara. Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0691118154

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