French: Alouette de Rudd German: Transvaalspornlerche Spanish: Alondra de Rudd
C. H. B. Grant
Wakkerstroom, Mpumalanga, South Africa
NE & E South Africa: C & S Mpumalanga to N KwaZulu-Natal, and extreme NE Eastern Cape & SW KwaZulu-Natal.
14–15 cm; 26–27 g. Peculiar lark with very short thin tail, extremely long hind claw, rather slender bill extending up forehead almost as “shield” (... read more
Male song, usually in aerial display, sporadically also from ground, a buzzy series of 3–8 (... read more
Moist montane grassland, at 1600–2200 m, in areas where annual rainfall predictably exceeds... read more
Food and feeding
Caterpillars, grasshoppers (Acrididae), beetles (Coleoptera), other insects, also seeds. Feeds on ground, walking quickly for a few paces,... read more
Breeds Nov–Feb. Monogamous; territorial, with adjacent nests at least 100 m apart. Displaying male circles 20–30 m over... read more
Status and conservation
ENDANGERED. Previously listed as Critically Endangered and Vulnerable. Restricted-range species: present in South African Grasslands EBA. Occurs as several isolated... read more
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