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Sclater's Lark

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


[edit] Identification

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

[edit] Distribution

Inland southern Namibia and western South Africa.

[edit] Taxonomy

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

[edit] Habitat

Dry shrubland and gravel plains.

[edit] Status

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

[edit] Behaviour

Forages on the ground for seeds and invertebrates.

[edit] Vocalisation

A soft prrp prrp.

[edit] 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.

[edit] References

  1. BirdLife International. 2008. Species factsheet: Spizocorys sclateri. Downloaded from 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
  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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