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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Wed Dec 03, 2008 11:27 pm

Here is another ID of a Lark I need help with please: seen in November at Boskopdam Nature REserver in Potchefstroom.

Is the first one a Spike-heeled Lark?

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These 2 were seen on different times. They were alone and in grassveld/short grass.

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby JoelR » Thu Dec 04, 2008 6:54 am

Spike-heeled Lark seems right for both pix.

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Lark, Spike-heeled

Unread postby Guinea Pig » Tue Oct 06, 2009 1:36 pm

Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve, Gauteng.

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Re: Lark, Spike-heeled

Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Thu Oct 08, 2009 3:16 pm

Spike-heeled Lark
Afrikaans : VlakteLewerik
Chersomanes albofasciata

Identification:
A Medium-sized lark with a long decurved bill
Iris brown in colour, legs and feet pinkish brown.
Bill blackish horn colour, with a pale base
Belly and below - rufous in colour.
Above:brown to rufous to mottled
Blackish tail with white tipp which is diagnostic.
Throat white
Eyebrow always rufous never white.

Status
A Common resident

Habitat
Sparse grass, overgrazed areas,shrubby semidesert to desert edges.

Habits
Normally in pairs or in small groups of up to 10
Runs or walks quickly while foraging.
Has a rather upright posture
Has a bouncy flight accompanied by thrilling calls - tail always fanned.

Food
Mostly insects, but also seeds and green plant material - they dont drink water

Breeding:
Normally breeds from August to December
Nest a cup of dry grass and roots
Young fed by both parents
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Tilandi » Sun Mar 21, 2010 11:03 pm

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Taken @ Faan Meintjies Nature Reserve North West, not sure if it is Rufous-Naped Lark or Eastern Long-billed Lark :hmz:
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby pantera leo » Sun Mar 21, 2010 11:21 pm

Hi Tilandi I'll have to say Spike-heeled Lark, lets just hear from an expert as well! :thumbs_up:

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby deefstes » Mon Mar 22, 2010 6:53 am

Yes, they're Spike-heeled Larks. Notice the short tail (would've showed white tips if you saw the birds in flight), the very slightly streaked breast and rufous background colour tot he breast and belly.

Eastern Long-billed Lark is actually not a bad guess but it would have shown a somewhat more conspicuous supercilium, longer tail, more extensive streaking on the breast and smaller head compared to the body, giving it a bit of a pot-bellied appearance.
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby pantera leo » Mon Mar 22, 2010 6:53 pm

Thanks for the confirmation and pointers there Deefstes! :thumbs_up:

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Tilandi » Mon Mar 22, 2010 9:20 pm

Thank you pantera Leo and Deefstes :thumbs_up:
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby arks » Tue Jun 08, 2010 4:05 pm

Larks continue to perplex me! :roll: I know that spikeheeled larks are usually seen on the ground, not perched on shrubs, but this one seems to have a long(er) and more curved bill and long(er) back claw, so perhaps? :? Or is it yet another fawncoloured lark?

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby DotDan » Tue Jun 08, 2010 4:20 pm

Where did you see this Arks?

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby arks » Tue Jun 08, 2010 5:28 pm

DotDan wrote:Where did you see this Arks?

:redface: Apologies, DD :redface: saw the bird in KTP in February 2010.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Barcud » Tue Jun 08, 2010 8:53 pm

Hi Arks,

I've not much experience with your Lark species, but comparing your bird to photos on the internet, I would go for Spike-heeled. I'd like to see others opinions though.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Niall » Tue Jun 08, 2010 9:30 pm

Yes, I would say Spike heeled. They "normally" are seen on the ground, but not always. The long decurved bill, white throat and short tail showing white in the tip are diagnostic.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby arks » Wed Jun 09, 2010 12:51 pm

Barcud wrote:I've not much experience with your Lark species, but comparing your bird to photos on the internet, I would go for Spike-heeled. I'd like to see others opinions though.

Niall wrote:Yes, I would say Spike heeled. They "normally" are seen on the ground, but not always. The long decurved bill, white throat and short tail showing white in the tip are diagnostic.

Belated thanks (the page turned and I missed your replies until just now :redface: ) to Barcud and Niall for confirming my guess/hope that this was a spikeheeled lark :dance:
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