Family Larks (Alaudidae)

Near Threatened

Sclater's Lark (Spizocorys sclateri)


French: Alouette de Sclater German: Ammernlerche Spanish: Alondra de Sclater

Calandrella sclateri


, 1902,

Hauntop River, Maltahöhe, Namibia


In South Africa, birds from Bushmanland (c. 40 km E of Pofadder) described as race theresae and others from SE as capensis, but both are inadequately differentiated. Monotypic.


Nama Karoo of S Namibia and W South Africa.

Descriptive notes

13–14 cm; 17–21 g. Fairly small, buffy lark with rather large-headed appearance, remarkable wedge-shaped bill that is long and heavy along most of length and... read more


Soft “prrp prrp” or “prrp prrp treep” call, primarily in flight, also on ground during foraging;... read more


Stony plains with ephemeral grasses and scattered bushes. Often in areas with very little... read more

Food and feeding

Insects and seeds. Adults feed extensively on large seeds of the ephemeral eight-day grass (Enneapogon desvauxii) that are... read more


Primarily in Aug–Dec, sometimes from Jun, and usually well synchronized at any one site; largely independent of rainfall, and even... read more


Virtually resident in some areas, but subject to irregular movements, especially towards edges of... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Scarce and local, and patchily distributed. Non-breeding flocks only small, up to 30 individuals. No evidence... read more

Recommended citation

Ryan, P. (2020). Sclater's Lark (Spizocorys sclateri). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 20 February 2020).