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Barlow's Lark - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Safariranger
Port Nolloth, NW South Africa, December 2006
Calendulauda barlowi

Certhilauda barlowi


Length 18 cm. Brown head and back, black-and-white throat, black bill, grey-brown legs, brown eyes.

Similar Species

It differs from Karoo Lark in having plain, not streaked, flanks.


Extreme south-western Namibia and extreme north-western South Africa.3


Three subspecies are recognized:1,3

  • C. b. barlowi:
  • South-western Namibia from south of River Koichab (inland of Lüderitz) east to Aus
  • C. b. patae:
  • C. b. cavei:

Some authorities2 do not recognize Barlow's Lark and place these taxa in Dune Lark.

Formerly placed in genus Certhilauda.


Arid scrublands and vegetated dunes.



The diet includes flying insects such as bees, wasps, ants, butterflies and locusts which are caught on the wing.


The nest is built on the ground, under a bush, from straw and leaves.


  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist.
  2. Dickinson, EC, ed. 2003. The Howard and Moore Complete Checklist of the Birds of the World. 3rd ed., with updates to December 2007 (Corrigenda 7). Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0691117010
  3. Hockey, PAR, WRJ Dean, and PG Ryan, eds. 2005. Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa. 7th ed. Cape Town: John Voelcker Bird Book Fund. ISBN 978-0620340533
  4. Sinclair, I and P Ryan. 2003. Birds of Africa South of the Sahara. Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0691118154
  5. Birds in SA

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