French: Alouette à ongles courts German: Akazien-Langschnabellerche Spanish: Alondra chuana
north of Latakoo, Northern Cape, South Africa
SE Botswana and South Africa (adjacent Northwest and Limpopo Provinces, in latter including isolated population on Polokwane Plateau).
17–19 cm; 44 g (male appreciably larger than female). Fairly large, slender lark with prominent pale creamy supercilium, boldly spangled upperparts. Feathers of... read more
Male song, in aerial display or from perch, a single ascending whistle, “poooeeee”;... read more
Rather arid acacia (Acacia) savanna on granitic soils; avoids Kalahari sands. Found in... read more
Food and feeding
Diet includes variety of insects, e.g. grasshoppers (Acrididae), beetles (Coleoptera), caterpillars, termites (Isoptera) and ants, also... read more
Laying Sept–Mar (mostly Oct–Dec), associated with start of summer rains; usually two broods, sometimes more. Monogamous, but... read more
Resident. Constant dialectal differences in voice in SE Botswana suggest limited dispersal; colour-... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common in Botswana; scarce in South Africa, where classified as “Near-threatened” in Red Data list for that country.... read more
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