Eastern Long-billed Lark

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As its name implies, the Eastern Long-billed Lark occurs in the moist grasslands and mountainous landscapes in the eastern half of South Africa. These are by far the least strikingly coloured of the five long-billed larks, but they can be instantly identified by their spectacular stooping display flights, accompanied by far-carrying whistled calls. This painting [...]

Cape Long-billed Lark

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These large and spectacular larks are denizens of South Africa's picturesque West Coast - as am I. They therefore have a special place in my heart. I pictured them here with a Euphorbia bush on the white sands of Langebaan. Also note the small white snails. These are Theba pisana - an alien species that [...]

Benguela Long-billed Lark

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This taxon remains somewhat of a mystery. As currently understood, it is restricted to the arid plains of Kaokoland in northern Namibia, from about Brandberg into southern Angola. The images here are based on a field trip I took a few years ago to study these and other specials of these stark landscapes. This painting [...]

Agulhas Long-billed Lark

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Described by Austin Roberts in 1941, this is the most restricted of the 5 long-billed lark taxa. It is endemic to the W Cape's Agulhas Plain. The background image depicts some Blue Cranes - South Africa's national bird - in a stubble wheatfield.