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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
A member of the Cisticolidae family, the common name of the Barred Wren-Warbler Calamonastes fasciolatus was updated to avoid confusion with the unrelated Barred Warbler Sylvia nisoria (family Sylviidae) that breeds in Central Europe and winters in North-East Africa. This attractive but furtive little insectivore is widely distributed across southern Africa's arid savannas, and is [...]
The Agulhas Long-billed Lark Certhilauda brevirostris was originally described by Austin Roberts in 1941, but was subsequently lumped into a single wide-ranging species, Long-billed Lark C. curvirostris. Detailed research in the late 1990s, focusing particularly on genetic data re-erected this taxon as a full species. Of the six Certhilauda larks in southern Africa, this is [...]