French: Alouette à dos roux German: Rotdünenlerche Spanish: Alondra de las dunas
near Walvis Bay, Damaraland, Namibia
Subspecies and Distribution
C. e. erythrochlamys
(Strickland, 1853) – Dune Lark – WC Namibia, between R Kuiseb (Walvis Bay) and R Koichab (Lüderitz).
C. e. barlowi
(Roberts, 1937) – Barlow's Lark – SW Namibia from S of R Koichab (inland of Lüderitz) E to Aus.
C. e. patae
(Macdonald, 1953) – coastal sands from SW Namibia (Lüderitz) to extreme NW South Africa (Port Nolloth).
C. e. cavei
(Macdonald, 1953) – inland part of coastal plain from extreme SW Namibia (S from Aus) to NW South Africa (R Holgat).
17–18 cm (male 4–8% larger but 19% longer-billed); male 26–33 g, female 25–29 g. Long-legged, medium-sized lark with relatively plain plumage. Has... read more
Male song, during aerial display or from ground or a bush, distinctive, a long series of 10–... read more
Restricted to the Namib dune system and adjacent sandy riverbeds. Usually found in areas with at... read more
Food and feeding
Diet a mix of insects, spiders and seeds. Insects include ants, termites (Isoptera), grasshoppers (Acrididae), beetles (Coleoptera),... read more
Breeds opportunistically, after rain; recorded virtually throughout year, but mostly Jan–Apr; normally regarded as double-brooded,... read more
Resident; three individuals were retrapped after 5–6 years at same locality as that where... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally fairly common, but always at relatively low densities. Patchily distributed; linked to distribution of vegetated dunes, and has relatively... read more
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