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Larks are small terrestrial birds with often extravagant songs and display flights. Most larks are fairly dull in appearance. Their food is insects and seeds. There are 91 species worldwide and 26 species which occur in Namibia.

  • Monotonous Lark Mirafra passerina
  • Rufous-naped Lark Mirafra africana
  • Flappet Lark Mirafra rufocinnamomea
  • Cape Clapper Lark Mirafra apiata
  • Eastern Clapper Lark Mirafra fasciolata
  • Sabota Lark Calendulauda sabota
  • Fawn-colored Lark Calendulauda africanoides
  • Ferruginous Lark Calendulauda burra
  • Karoo Lark Calendulauda albescens
  • Barlow's Lark Calendulauda barlowi (NE)
  • Dune Lark Calendulauda erythrochlamys (E)
  • Dusky Lark Pinarocorys nigricans
  • Cape Lark Certhilauda curvirostris
  • Karoo Long-billed Lark Certhilauda subcoronata
  • Benguela Lark Certhilauda benguelensis (NE)
  • Spike-heeled Lark Chersomanes albofasciata
  • Black-eared Sparrow-Lark Eremopterix australis
  • Chestnut-backed Sparrow-Lark Eremopterix leucotis
  • Grey-backed Sparrow-Lark Eremopterix verticalis
  • Gray's Lark Ammomanopsis grayi (NE)
  • Bimaculated Lark Melanocorypha bimaculata
  • Red-capped Lark Calandrella cinerea
  • Pink-billed Lark Spizocorys conirostris
  • Sclater's Lark Spizocorys sclateri
  • Stark's Lark Spizocorys starki
  • Long-billed Lark Galerida magnirostris

The Lark is a small passerine bird which breeds in southern Africa. It derives its name from the wing clapping which forms part of the display flight.

It has at least three distinctive subspecies which are considered by some authorities to be full species.

The Eastern Clapper Lark, M. (a.) fasciolata, is found in much of the drier parts of southern Africa in Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho and South Africa. Fasciolata differs in display from the other forms, and has a better claim to species level classification than majoriae.

Lark is a species of open grassland and savanna, with the two southern forms also inhabiting karoo, fynbos and fallow agricultural land.

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