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

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 134

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 189

The Sandton Field Guide - Author: Sandton Nature Conservation Society - Published: 1982 - Page: 54

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 118

Wild About Johannesburg - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 1995 - Page: 51

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

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Published: 1989 - Page: 88

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 276

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

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 280

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 276

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1957 - Page: 246

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

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 330

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 316

LBJs - Author: Newman, Johnson, Solomon, Masterson - Published: 1998 - Page: 91

Meeting with Birds - Author: Tom Spence - Published: 1986 - Page: 77

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

Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of SA - 2nd edn - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1991 - Page: 411

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 200

Everyones Guide to South African Birds - Author: John Sinclair and John Mendelsohn - Published: 1987 - Page: 32

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

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 163

Birds of the Transkei - Author: C.D. Quickelberge - Published: 1989 - Page: 82

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

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Published: 1985 - Page: 150

Bird Atlas of Natal - Author: Digby Cyrus and Nigel Robson - Published: 1980 - Page: 181

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 196

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