Certhilauda benguelensis (Benguela Long-billed lark) 

Kaokolangbeklewerik [Afrikaans]; Alouette de Benguela [French]; Cotovia-de-bico-comprido do Agulhas [Portuguese]

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Certhilauda benguelensis (Benguela Long-billed lark)   

Benguela long-billed lark, Uis, Namibia. [photo Trevor Hardaker ]

 

Distribution and habitat

Near endemic to southern Africa, as it only occurs from north-western Namibia to south-western Angola. It generally prefers arid and semi-arid grassland and dwarf shrubland, especially with a stony substrate.

Food 

It eats invertebrates (such as beetles) and seeds, doing its foraging on the ground surface, digging to expose food items or gleaning prey from the bases of plants.

Breeding

  • The nest is cup built of dry grass and the leaves of shrubs, typically placed in a scrape in the ground at the base of a plant.
  • It lays 2-3 eggs, usually in the months from April-May (although there are only three records of laying dates)

Threats

Not threatened, as much of its distribution is contained within protected areas.

References

  • Hockey PAR, Dean WRJ and Ryan PG 2005. Roberts - Birds of southern Africa, VIIth ed. The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, Cape Town. 

 

 

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