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Lark, Botha's

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Lark, Botha's

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Fri Apr 22, 2016 6:26 am

Botha's lark, Spizocorys fringillaris, is a South African endemic resident with a very restricted range centred on south Mpumalanga and the eastern Free State. This small lark has a habitat preference that is persistently under thread from agriculture. The well-grazed upland grasslands, mostly coincident with black clay soils support an estimated population of 1,500-5,000 individuals. During breeding, it seeks out short, dense, severely grazed natural grassland on plateaux and upper hill slopes.

I found this bird outside Wakkerstroom, one of the most dependable sites for this species.

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Re: Lark, Botha's

Unread post by hilda » Fri May 13, 2016 5:52 am

I wish I knew more about Larks, and definitely need to do more birding to find them! There is a serious shortage of Larks on my current bird list. :hmz:
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