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Agulhas Long-Billed Lark

Agulhas Long-Billed Lark:

Recent reports suggest that, Agulhas long-billed lark is adapting and surviving despite farming taking over their nesting grounds in South Africa.

  • Agulhas long-billed lark Scientific Name: Certhilauda brevirostris.
  • It is a small passerine bird.
  • The Agulhas long-billed lark is only found in South Africa.
  • It builds nests on the ground mainly in Renosterveld fynbos, a type of vegetation filled with grasses and wild spring flowers that is critically endangered by agricultural expansion.
  • It is an endemic resident breeder in the Western Cape, South Africa.
  • Its restricted range is centred on the Agulhas arable farmlands, from east of the Hottentots-Holland mountain range to Mossel Bay, and occupies a maximum of 15,000 km2 (5,800 sq mi).
  • It is long-tailed and has a longish curved bill.
  • It has a streaked buff-grey head and back, and the closed wings are grey.
  • The underparts are cream-coloured with dark streaking on the breast and flanks.
  • Conservation status:-
    • IUCN: Near-threatened