French: Alouette de Botha German: Finkenlerche Spanish: Alondra de Botha
Leeuspruit, Vredevort, Free State, South Africa
E Free State, E Gauteng and SW Mpumalanga, in NE South Africa.
13–14 cm; 16–21 g. Fairly small, compact lark with heavily dark-streaked upperparts. Has creamy or buffy supercilium, dark eyestripe, pale brown ear-coverts... read more
Male song, from ground or in flight, a rather dry “tchiree” or “teez-rrr”.... read more
Short upland grassland, usually on clay soils. Favours well-drained, heavily grazed areas with... read more
Food and feeding
Seeds and insects; all identifiable prey delivered to chicks were small insects, including beetles (Coleoptera) and moths (Lepidoptera).... read more
Nov–Jan. Monogamous; nests solitarily, although inter-nest distance sometimes less than 50 m. Male aerial display, with slightly... read more
Resident; local movement in response to fires.
Status and conservation
ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in South African Grasslands EBA. Maximum range covers c. 43,000 km2, within which it is thinly distributed and patchy; recorded... read more
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