French: Cochevis à gros bec German: Dickschnabellerche Spanish: Cogujada picogorda
near Cape Town, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
G. m. sedentaria
Clancey, 1993 – Karoo areas of extreme SW Namibia and W South Africa (E to Griqualand West).
G. m. magnirostris
(Stephens, 1826) – winter rainfall area of SW South Africa.
G. m. harei
(Roberts, 1924) – W grasslands of South Africa and Lesotho.
18 cm; 35–48 g. Large, heavily built, straw-coloured lark with robust bill. Nominate race has fairly prominent creamy-buff to whitish supercilium, narrow dark eyestripe... read more
Typical song, in flight or from ground or perch, a fast, stereotyped, slightly wheezy “tit-it... read more
Semi-arid grassland and dwarf shrubland, open coastal scrub, and fields. Most abundant in cereal... read more
Food and feeding
Seeds of grasses, sedges, various forbs and legumes; also insects, including beetles (Coleoptera), caterpillars, cockroaches (Blattodea),... read more
Breeds chiefly during spring months Aug–Nov, occasionally later (in summer). Monogamous and territorial; pair-members remain together... read more
Largely resident; has been suggested that it undertakes some altitudinal movements in E of range,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Generally common to very common. Has benefited from agriculture; abundant in cereal croplands in Western Cape. Also benefits from poor agricultural... read more
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