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Certhilauda brevirostris (Agulhas Long-billed lark) 

Overberglangbeklewerik [Afrikaans]; Alouette d'Agulhas [French]; Cotovia-de-bico-comprido de Benguela [Portuguese]

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Certhilauda brevirostris (Agulhas Long-billed lark)  Certhilauda brevirostris (Agulhas Long-billed lark) 

Agulhas long-billed lark. [photo Francois Dreyer ]

Agulhas long-billed lark, Overberg, South Africa. [photo Trevor Hardaker ]

Distribution and habitat

Endemic to South Africa, only occurring in the Western Cape's Agulhas Plain, from the Bot River to Caledon east to Mossel Bay. It generally prefers recently ploughed fields, shrubland punctuated with Renosterbos (Dicerothamnus rhinocerotis) and dwarf Karoo shrubland on clay substrate. It avoids mountain fynbos, so its distribution is separated from that of the Karoo and Cape long-billed larks by mountain ranges.


It mainly eats insects supplemented with seeds, digging with its bill to expose food items or pulling vegetation with its feet.


  • The nest is a cup of dry grass, lined with rootlets and fine leaves and typically placed on the ground beneath a shrub.
  • It lays 2-3 eggs, usually in the months from September-October.


Not threatened.


  • 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.