Great Namaqualand, South Africa.
Formerly placed in Ammomanes on basis of plain back and stout bill. Geographical variation in coloration and degree of upperpart streaking largely linked to soil type; brownish birds with streaked back (Brandvlei) named as race harei (a name preoccupied in current genus) and others with more heavily streaked underparts (Vanwyksvlei) as aridula, but all populations intergrade, and plain-backed and streak-backed birds breed together in some areas; further, despite some variation in cytochrome b sequences, haplotypes are mixed throughout population with exception of E dune form (“aridula”), which is also unusual in being the only one with any streaking on flanks. Monotypic.
Bushmanland, in NW & C Northern Cape and extreme N Western Cape, South Africa.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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