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Spizocorys conirostris
Photo by balticbird
Photo taken: Kimberley, South Africa

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

Spizocorys conirostris has seven subspecies:

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. 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

Hockey PAR, Dean WRJ & Ryan PG (eds) 2005. Robert's Birds of Southern Africa, 7th edition. John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, Cape Town, South Africa. ISBN 0620340533

Lepage D. 2008. Avibase. Search for "Pink-billed Lark" downloaded 17 June 2008.

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