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Cape long billed lark

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Kingdom  Animalia
Order  Passeriformes
Genus  Certhilauda
Higher classification  Certhilauda
Phylum  Chordata
Family  Alaudidae
Scientific name  Certhilauda curvirostris
Rank  Species
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Similar  Karoo long‑billed lark, Agulhas long‑billed lark, Eastern long‑billed lark, Lark, Bird

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The Cape long-billed lark (Certhilauda curvirostris), also known as the Cape lark, Cape longbill or long-billed lark is a species of lark in the family Alaudidae. It is found in south-western Africa. Its natural habitats are semi-arid Karoo shrub and subtropical dry shrubland and subtropical or dry lowland and highveld grassland. This lark is also found in croplands, farmlands and coastal fynbos.


Cape long billed lark

Taxonomy and systematics

The Cape long-billed lark was originally placed in the genus Alauda (as A. curvirostris).


Two subspecies are recognized:

  • C. c. falcirostris - Reichenow, 1916: Originally described as a separate species. Found in south-western Namibia to western South Africa
  • C. c. curvirostris - (Hermann, 1783): Found in south-western South Africa
  • Additionally, some authorities consider several other species to be either presently or formerly as subspecies of the Cape long-billed lark:

  • Karoo long-billed lark (as C. c. damarensis, C. c. bradshawi, C. c. subcoronata and C. c. gilli).
  • Benguela long-billed lark (as C. c. benguelensis)
  • Eastern long-billed lark (as C. c. semitorquata).
  • Agulhas long-billed lark (as C. c. brevirostris).
  • References

    Cape long-billed lark Wikipedia

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