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Certhilauda benguelensis (Benguela Long-billed lark) 

Kaokolangbeklewerik [Afrikaans]; Alouette de Benguela [French]; Cotovia-de-bico-comprido do Agulhas [Portuguese]

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Certhilauda benguelensis (Benguela Long-billed lark)   

Benguela long-billed lark, Uis, Namibia. [photo Trevor Hardaker ]


Distribution and habitat

Near endemic to southern Africa, as it only occurs from north-western Namibia to south-western Angola. It generally prefers arid and semi-arid grassland and dwarf shrubland, especially with a stony substrate.


It eats invertebrates (such as beetles) and seeds, doing its foraging on the ground surface, digging to expose food items or gleaning prey from the bases of plants.


  • The nest is cup built of dry grass and the leaves of shrubs, typically placed in a scrape in the ground at the base of a plant.
  • It lays 2-3 eggs, usually in the months from April-May (although there are only three records of laying dates)


Not threatened, as much of its distribution is contained within protected areas.


  • 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.