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Photo by Alan Manson
North-east of Springbok, Northern Cape, South Africa
October 2011

Alternative name: Ferruginous Lark

Calendulauda burra

Certhilauda burra


Length 18-19 cm, mass 32-43 g. Males larger than females. A large lark with a fairly short, stocky bill. Birds on dunes have a reddish, relatively unmarked upper parts, whereas those found on plains are browner with dark streaks.


South Africa.


This is a monotypic species.
Formerly placed in genus Certhilauda

Photo by Alan Manson
North-east of Springbok, Northern Cape, South Africa
October 2011


Red dunes with scrub, and plains with Nama Karoo (shrubby) vegetation.


Classified as Vulnerable in the 2008 IUCN Red List.1 Habitat transformation due to overgrazing is the major threat.


Usually found foraging on the ground in pairs. Eats invertebrates, seeds and fruit.


Monogamous and territorial. The nest is a cup with a dome, built with plant material on the ground (under a tuft of grass). Two to three eggs are laid August to May, peaking in October.


  1. BirdLife International. 2008. Species factsheet: Certhilauda burra. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 16/12/2008.
  2. 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.
  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

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