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Certhilauda curvirostris (Cape Long-billed lark) 

[= Mirafra curvirostris

Langbeklewerik [Afrikaans]; Weskuslangbeklewerik [Afrikaans]; Langsnavelleeuwerik [Dutch]; Alouette long bec [French]; Langschnabellerche [German]; Cotovia-de-bico-comprido [Portuguese]

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Certhilauda curvirostris (Cape Long-billed lark)  Certhilauda curvirostris (Cape Long-billed lark) 

Cape long-billed lark. [photo Stephen Davis ]

Cape long-billed lark, Vredenburg, South Africa. [photo Trevor Hardaker ]

Distribution and habitat

Near-endemic to South Africa, occurring from the extreme south of Namibia through to the western side of the Northern and Western Cape (to just north of Cape Town). It generally prefers coastal scrub, such as sandplain fynbos, strandveld, renosterveld and dunes with sparse vegetation. It is more scarce in the cereal fields of the Western Cape, and it may even occupy roadsides.


Its diets is little known, however like many larks it is thought to consist mainly of insects and seeds. It does most of its foraging on open ground, searching the bases of plants and digging to expose food items.


  • The nest is a cup (sometimes with a dome) built of dry grass, lined with fine rootlets and shrub leaves and typically placed on the ground against a grass tuft, shrub or stone.
  • It lays about 3 eggs, usually in the months from August-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.