Benguela Long-billed Lark | Certhilauda benguelensis

Roberts Birding Information: Benguela Longbilled Lark

The Benguela Long-billed Lark is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Alaudidae bird family group which includes birds such as Larks, Sparrowlarks.

The description for the Benguela Long-billed Lark (Latin name Certhilauda benguelensis) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Certhilauda benguelensis can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of and the detailed description of this bird is on page 883. You will find a picture of the Benguela Long-billed Lark on page 928.

NOTE: The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition*. This edition contained a number of taxonomic changes as well as changes to English names used traditionally and in earlier editions of most bird books in South Africa. The following paragraph notes such changes if any.

Neither the Latin nor the Engish name for this bird has been affected by recent nomenclature modifications these changes have been incorporated into Robert's 7th Edition where appropriate.

The Benguela Long-billed Lark has a height of 20 cms and weighs around 55 gms. The head is coloured brown while the bill is coloured black. The Certhilauda benguelensis has a white coloured throat, pink legs and a brown coloured back. The eyes are brown.

Take note of the bird's main distinguishing features such as colour, size and leg length relative to the body size of the bird. Colours of a bird's body parts can be helpful. Be aware what may appear brown to one person is described in Roberts Birds using some other word ... for example brown, black. See colours used in Roberts.

Head is brown.

Eyes are brown.

Bill is black.

Legs are pink.

Throat is white.

Back is brown.

Benguela Longbilled Lark Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground.

This bird eats insects such as butterflies, bees, wasps, locusts and ants. These invertebrates are usually hawked aerially, killed and then eaten.

Benguela Long Billed Lark Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Benguela Long-billed Lark is a monogamous bird which means that the bird finds and breeds with one partner for the rest of its life. The bird lays between 2 to 3 eggs and they are coloured white.

The bird builds its nest on the ground with figs, straw and leaves. The nest is placed under a bush to protect the young from predators.

The bird is mainly found in the Savanna grasslands where it breeds and feeds.

The bird is found in the African bushveld.

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The Benguela Long-billed Lark is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.