French: Bruant des rochers German: Lerchenammer Spanish: Escribano alaudino
“country between Nu. Gariep and Tropic” = east Botswana
Subspecies and Distribution
E. i. impetuani
A. Smith, 1836 – Angola (coastal plain S of Luanda, also locally in Moxico), Namibia, NW South Africa and W Botswana, occasionally irrupting E to Zimbabwe and N South Africa (Limpopo Province).
E. i. sloggetti
(Macdonald, 1957) – W South Africa, occasionally irrupting E to Mpumalanga, Swaziland, Lesotho and S KwaZulu-Natal.
12–14 cm; 13–19 g. A rather plain, nondescript bunting. Nominate race has head sandy brown with darker brown streaking on crown, distinctive broad buffy supercilium extending... read more
Male song a fairly long series of twittering and buzzy notes lasting 2–4 seconds. Contact call a... read more
Semi-arid grasslands and shrublands, in both rocky and sandy areas. Typically associated with the... read more
Food and feeding
Diet mainly grass seeds; also some forb seeds, soft green leaves and wide diversity of invertebrates, including hairless caterpillars,... read more
Season linked to rainfall; moves into areas after rains, but breeds only if sufficient rain. Monogamous. Solitary, but nests often closely... read more
Nomadic, following rainfall events; small numbers resident in some areas. Migrates into more mesic... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. One of most abundant nomadic birds in the Karoo. This species’ nomadic behaviour makes it hard to protect within traditional nature reserves, but it... read more
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