French: Alouette de Beesley German: Beesleylerche Spanish: Alondra de Beesley
Other common names:
Pygmy Spike-heeled Lark
Chersomanes albofasciata beesleyi
Masai Plains, north of Arusha, north Tanzania
N Tanzania: area just N of Mt Meru.
11 cm; male 27 g, female 22 g. Very distinctive lark with slender decurved bill, short tail with white tip, upright posture; very long and straight hind claw. Male has... read more
Quite high-pitched, slightly nasal chittering call, similar to that of C. albofasciata;... read more
Short-grass plains with no trees or shrubs, at 1400–1550 m. Apparently restricted to two... read more
Food and feeding
Stomach contents dominated by beetles (of families Curculionidae, Tenebrionidae and Buprestidae), but also contained caterpillars, a large... read more
Breeds during long and short rains, Oct–Dec and Mar–Apr. Chicks recorded as fed by at least two adults, but not known if a co-... read more
Status and conservation
Globally threatened. It might be Critically Endangered, although specific status currently nor recognized by BirdLife International. Entire world population confined to... read more
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