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Lark, Red-capped

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Lark, Red-capped

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Thu May 01, 2008 5:12 pm

The Red-capped Lark, Calandrella cinerea, is a species of short grassland including uncultivated agricultural areas throughout the whole of South Africa. The red feathers on its head are often raised in a crest when the bird is agitated.

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It is omnivorous, but seeds dominate its diet that also includes insects, foraged on bare ground. It moves with short runs as it searches for food.

It is found in flocks which sometimes number hundreds of birds when not breeding.

The nest is an open cup set into the ground, usually situated close to a grass tuft, stone or mound, built mainly by the male. The nest is lined with fine grass and rootlets. The Red-capped Lark breeds all year round, but mainly during the period following winter and well into summer. Two or three eggs are hatched in two weeks by the female with the male supplying food to the female at the nest. Both parents take care of the chicks until they fledge.
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Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon May 05, 2008 12:52 pm

Joe. I think you might have just helped me with the ID of a bird we have seen at Nylsvlei over the weekend. I will have to go listen to the call thou.

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Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Mon May 05, 2008 1:01 pm

If you have pix, have a look at the area right infront of the wing... RCLs are the only ones with a red cap AND a red patch infront of the wing :wink:
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Re: Lark, Red-capped

Unread postby Lizet Grobbelaar » Mon Aug 30, 2010 8:36 am

Photographed this one at Kgomo-kgomo yesterday.

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Re: Lark, Red-capped

Unread postby DotDan » Mon Aug 30, 2010 9:31 am

Nice shot Lizet :D

They are also as common as house flies in the Devon area.

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Re: Lark, Red-capped

Unread postby Lizet Grobbelaar » Mon Aug 30, 2010 12:09 pm

:thumbs_up: Thanks, will wait for the first rains before going to Devon again. The road is so bad for us going there....

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Re: Lark, Red-capped

Unread postby DotDan » Mon Aug 30, 2010 1:17 pm

Was there last weekend Lizet, road conditions were very good. Still didn't get the Black harrier!! :roll:

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Unread postby arks » Fri Nov 18, 2011 4:04 pm

Am I right in thinking that this might be a redcapped lark? Seen at MZNP on 16 September 2011.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby MattAxel » Fri Nov 18, 2011 6:11 pm

Yes you are definitely right arks, Red-capped Lark

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby arks » Sat Nov 19, 2011 4:00 pm

Thanks, Matt, that's another new tick for me! :dance:
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Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Crested Barbet » Wed Jan 18, 2012 10:18 pm

Please help me to identify this bird seen in Addo in December:

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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby arks » Wed Jan 18, 2012 10:22 pm

Redcapped lark.
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Crested Barbet » Wed Jan 18, 2012 11:52 pm

:clap: :clap: Thank you so much, arks, for your help.
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Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby Rookie » Tue May 15, 2012 9:18 pm

I was in Addo at the end of April and saw a number of LBJs which I would like help with.

I did manage to ID some of the birds, but the LBjs just drive me mad. :twisted:

A Lark or Pipit
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Re: Identification Help - LBJs

Unread postby adrianp » Wed May 16, 2012 10:28 pm

A pipit, probably African pipit


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