French: Moinelette à oreillons noirs German: Schwarzwangenlerche Spanish: Terrera orejinegra
Colesberg, Orange River, Northern Cape, South Africa
S Namibia (S from N Namaqualand), extreme SW Botswana (Kalahari-Gemsbok National Park) and W half of South Africa (Great Karoo).
12–13 cm; 12–16 g. Small, sexually dimorphic lark resembling a finch (Fringillidae). Adult male is highly distinctive; has black head, neck and underparts; rest... read more
Male song a short twitter, given mostly from ground; usual song in aerial display a simple series... read more
Shrubland and grassland, often in association with Rhigozum shrub patches, in the Karoo... read more
Food and feeding
Primarily grass seeds, but also some forbs and Lycium fruits; also insects, including termites (Isoptera), beetles (Coleoptera),... read more
Nesting recorded in all months; breeds opportunistically after rain, requires at least 40 mm of rain to stimulate widespread breeding; in N... read more
Nomadic, moving in response to rainfall events. Occurrence, however, quite predictable in certain... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common, even locally abundant when conditions favourable. Most abundant in Nama Karoo and on Namaqualand coastal plain; patchily distributed in S... read more
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