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Calendulauda barlowi (Barlow's lark) 

Barlowse lewerik [Afrikaans]; Alouette de Barlow [French]

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Calendulauda barlowi (Barlow's lark)  Calendulauda barlowi (Barlow's lark) 
Barlow's lark, Port Nolloth, South Africa. [photo Trevor Hardaker ©] Barlow's lark, Port Nolloth, South Africa. [photo Trevor Hardaker ©]

Distribution and habitat

Endemic to southern Africa, only occurring along the coastal plain from Lüderitz, Namibia to Port Nolloth and Sendelingdrift, Northern Cape, South Africa. It generally prefers sparsely vegetated shrubland on plains on well-grassed dunes, especially with the succulent shrub Euphorbia gummifera.


It eats invertebrates and seeds, doing most of its foraging on  the ground, at the bases of shrubs and around stones. The following food items have been recorded in its diet:

  • Invertebrates
  • Seeds
    • Dimorphotheca polyptera (Weather prophet)
    • Galenia (bloubrakbossie)
    • Tribulus terrestris (Dubbeltjie)
    • Fabaceae (legumes)


  • The nest is a cup placed in a scrape in the ground beneath a bush or grass tuft, with a dome that is woven into the leaves of overhanging foliage.
  • There are only descriptions of nests, each with 2 eggs which were probably laid in the months from August-September.
  • Fledglings are known to remain dependent on their parents some time after leaving the nest. 


Not threatened. although its range is restricted, so destruction or disruption is cause for concern.


  • Hockey PAR, Dean WRJ and Ryan PG 2005. Roberts - Birds of southern Africa, VIIth ed. The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, Cape Town.