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Larks: Aghulhas Long-Billed Lark

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Larks: Aghulhas Long-Billed Lark

Unread post by DotDan » Thu Feb 09, 2012 9:03 am

Seen around the Mosselbaai area

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Re: Larks: Aghulhas Long-Billed Lark

Unread post by wildtuinman » Tue May 29, 2012 8:19 am

Great shot Daan! :thumbs_up:

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Re: Larks: Aghulhas Long-Billed Lark

Unread post by DotDan » Tue May 29, 2012 8:58 am

Hell dude.. we both nailed that sucker.. great shot! :D

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Re: Larks: Aghulhas Long-Billed Lark

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Wed Dec 07, 2016 6:46 am

My birding mate Bush Baptist and I went looking for the Agulhas Long-billed Lark, Certhilauda brevirostris around Bredasdorp, a known stronghold for this species.

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The Agulhas Long-billed Lark (C. brevirostris) is restricted to the Agulhas Plain from Bot River to George, with an extension up the Breede River valley. It occurs primarily in stony wheat fields and pasture lands on the Agulhas Plain but is also found in succulent Karoo vegetation in the Breede River valley.

As recently as 2000 the large DNA differences found to exist in the Long-billed Lark complex lead to the recognition of five separate species in the complex. The decision to split the group into five species was based on the known differences in appearance and voice shown to match species boundaries. The DNA information verified the validity of the five species.
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Re: Larks: Aghulhas Long-Billed Lark

Unread post by hilda » Wed Dec 07, 2016 8:11 am

Very well done Johan and BB! :dance: :dance:

Johan van Rensburg wrote:As recently as 2000 the large DNA differences found to exist in the Long-billed Lark complex lead to the recognition of five separate species in the complex.


Very interesting, but no wonder most people struggle with the identification of LBJs! :whistle:

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Re: Larks: Aghulhas Long-Billed Lark

Unread post by arks » Wed Dec 07, 2016 8:59 pm

Great photo and as always, most interesting further information on this rarity. Bravo to you both for finding it :thumbs_up:
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