Family Larks (Alaudidae)

Least Concern

Barlow's Lark (Calendulauda barlowi)

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 Dune Lark (Calendulauda erythrochlamys).


French: Alouette de Barlow German: Barlowlerche Spanish: Alondra de Barlow

Pseudammomanes barlowi


, 1937,

8 miles [c. 13 km] west of Aus, Namibia


Forms a superspecies with C. burra, C. albescens and C. erythrochlamys; sister-species to last of those, with no known range overlap between the two. Recently split from C. albescens on grounds of genetic, morphological and vocal evidence; hybridizes with it in S of range (narrow zone between R Orange and Port Nolloth). Geographical variation linked to soil type (pale sands on coast, redder inland); differentiation marked in SW of range, with coastal patae replaced by inland cavei over distance of just a few kilometres and intermediates scarce; nominate intergrades with latter race. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution

Descriptive notes

18 cm (male 4–8% larger but 14% longer-billed than female); male 27–36 g, female 25–31 g. Medium-sized lark with relatively large head and long bill.... read more


Male song lasting 1·5–2 seconds, 6–9 leading notes and a simple, rapid terminal... read more


Sandy plains with dwarf shrublands and grassy dunes, favouring more open and shorter vegetation... read more

Food and feeding

Insects and seeds. Forages on ground, digging in soft sand with its bill, or gleaning prey from sand surface or from vegetation. Not known... read more


Little known. Nests with eggs found in Oct, and displays observed chiefly in Aug–Nov; apparently does not breed every year, e.g. very... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common in areas with adequate vegetation cover. Has maximum range of only 18,000 km2, most of which falls within restricted-access zones, set... read more

Recommended citation

Ryan, P. (2018). Barlow's Lark (Calendulauda barlowi). 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 18 December 2018).