French: Alouette à bec rose German: Rotschnabellerche Spanish: Alondra piquirrosa
Vetchkop, Free State, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
S. c. makawai
(Traylor, 1962) – W Zambia (Liuwa and Mutala Plains).
S. c. harti
(Benson, 1964) – SW Zambia (Matabele Plain).
S. c. damarensis
Roberts, 1922 – N Namibia and NW Botswana; probably S Angola#R.
S. c. crypta
(Irwin, 1957) – NE Botswana (Makgadikgadi Pan and L Dow).
S. c. barlowi
Roberts, 1942 – S Namibia, S Botswana and NW South Africa (Northern Cape).
S. c. conirostris
(Sundevall, 1850) – South Africa (Northwest Province E to Mpumalanga and W KwaZulu-Natal, S to Free State and Eastern Cape) and NW Lesotho.
12–13 cm; 12–17 g. Fairly small, compact lark with short, stout, pinkish bill. Nominate race has broad buffy to whitish supercilium, contrasting dark eyestripe... read more
Flight call a dry, trilled “chree chree”, higher-pitched than that of Calandrella... read more
Ranges from moist submontane grassland to semi-arid Nama Karoo and Kalahari grassland and savanna.... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly seeds, some insects. Forages on the ground, singly or in pairs; in small flocks outside breeding season. Walks with bent legs,... read more
Mostly Nov–Jun, in association with summer rains, generally later in NW (where onset of rains delayed); in arid W breeding... read more
Nomadic in arid W, following rain events with other granivorous species. Largely resident or... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common in S, becoming more sporadic in N. Non-breeding flocks small. Lives in transformed habitats as well as natural ones.
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