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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Rufous-naped Lark

Afrikaans name: Rooineklewerik

Rufous-naped Lark

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Mirafra africana

The Rufous-naped Lark is a common bird in suitable habitat. It favours grassland and savanna.

This bird has a rufous crest which it raises when calling. It can often be seen calling from low perches.

The Rufous-naped Lark is up to 18 cm in length. Their main food is insects although they do eat some seeds as well.

Sexes are similar. They make their nest in grass or shrubbery and the nest is lined with grass. The eggs are heavily speckled brown.

In South Africa it is found in pretty much most of South Africa. Beyond South Africa it occurs up to Kenya and Tanzania.


References and further reading

Birds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Year Published: 1992 - Page: 63

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 51

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 140

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 411

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 433

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 427

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 286

List of South African Birds

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