French: Ammomane de Gray German: Namiblerche Spanish: Alondra de Gray
between Kuiseb and Swakop Rivers, Damaraland, Namibia
Subspecies and Distribution
A. g. hoeschi
(Niethammer, 1955) – coastal plain of SW Angola and NW Namibia (S to Cape Cross).
A. g. grayi
(Wahlberg, 1855) – coastal plain of C & S Namibia.
14 cm; male 19–27 g, female 17–23 g. Peculiar, compact desert lark with plain, unstreaked plumage, only slight hint of paler supercilium and darker eyestripe;... read more
Male song, from ground or in display-flight, mostly before dawn or after dusk, a strange, very high... read more
Gravel plains, clayey soils and saltflats with little or no vegetation other than scattered grass... read more
Food and feeding
Seeds, mostly of Stipagrostis grasses and various desert forbs, and other vegetable matter; also insects, including Hodotermes... read more
Breeds mostly in Mar–Jun, in association with peak in late-summer rains, but scattered records throughout year suggest that breeding... read more
Rather mobile on a very local scale; no evidence of systematic movements. Somewhat nomadic, with... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common. Most abundant in E part of the Namib, but occurs W all the way to the coast where suitable habitat available. A large proportion of... read more
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