French: Moinelette à dos gris German: Graurückenlerche Spanish: Terrera dorsigrís
Colesberg, Orange River, Northern Cape, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
E. v. damarensis
Roberts, 1931 – coastal Angola (including Cabinda), Namibia, W Botswana and NW South Africa; periodic irruptions E to W Zambia and W Zimbabwe.
E. v. harti
Benson & Irwin, 1965 – W Zambia.
E. v. khama
Irwin, 1957 – NE Botswana and W Zimbabwe; periodic irruptions NE to W Zambia.
E. v. verticalis
(A. Smith, 1836) – SW Zimbabwe, SE Botswana and South Africa (except NW); periodic irruptions N to W Zambia.
12–13 cm; 13–21 g. Small, sexually dimorphic lark with appearance like that of a finch (Fringillidae). Adult male nominate race has black head, large white ear... read more
Male song, typically in aerial display, a series of simple notes, “shreep shreep shrup-up... read more
Grassy plains in semi-arid regions; also sparse shrublands, fallow fields and cereal croplands in... read more
Food and feeding
Food mostly seeds; also small amounts of green vegetation (grass shoots, sprouting grass seeds) and insects, including termites (Isoptera... read more
Associated with rains; laying 2–4 weeks after sufficient rainfall, but interval between rain and onset of breeding varies seasonally... read more
Nomadic within core range, with regular dry-season movement to more mesic areas on periphery of... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common in much of range; locally superabundant after good rains. Breeding densities reach 2–6 pairs/ha in the Namib and 10–15 pairs/ha in... read more
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