Family Larks (Alaudidae)

Near Threatened

Agulhas Long-billed Lark (Certhilauda brevirostris)

Following the taxonomy applied to HBW Alive, derived from the HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World, this taxon is now lumped within Cape Long-billed Lark (Certhilauda curvirostris).


French: Alouette de l’Agulhas German: Agulhas-Langschnabellerche Spanish: Alondra de Agulhas

Certhilauda curvirostris brevirostris


, 1941,

Zoetendalsvlei, Bredasdorp, Western Cape, South Africa


All members of genus with exception of C. chuana formerly treated as a single species, but recent research indicates that they are genetically, morphologically and vocally distinct. Present species and C. curvirostris appear to be sister-species (ranges apparently separated by Cape fold mountains, but boundary in Gouda-Tulbagh area not well known), and genetic data suggest that they are closely related to C. semitorquata. Possibly overlaps in range with C. subcoronata in Breede Valley. Monotypic.


Agulhas Plain and Breede Valley, in Western Cape, South Africa.

Descriptive notes

18–21 cm; 35–48 g. Has pale supercilium and eyering; buffish-brown with darker streaks above; pale buffish-white below, dark streaks from breast down to flanks;... read more


Male song 2 notes of roughly even duration, “tsuuee peeooo”, initial note softer and... read more


Occurs in fallow fields and recently ploughed fields; appears to avoid areas that are farmed... read more

Food and feeding

Food mostly insects, some seeds. Forages on the ground; sometimes digs with bill, or uses feet to pull at vegetation.


Eggs laid in Sept–Oct, young fledge in Oct–Nov. Male aerial display close to ground, then rising and falling vertically 10... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Fairly common but local. Has very small range, covering maximum of only 15,000 km2. Much of its range has been... read more

Recommended citation

Ryan, P. (2018). Agulhas Long-billed Lark (Certhilauda brevirostris). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 20 November 2018).