Spike-heeled Lark | Chersomanes albofasciata

Robert's Birding Information: Spike Heeled Lark

The Spike-heeled 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 Spike-heeled Lark (Latin name Chersomanes albofasciata) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Chersomanes albofasciata can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 506 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 878. You will find a picture of the Spike-heeled Lark on page 913.

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.

There have been no changes in the common name between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the Spike-heeled Lark between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition.

The Spike-heeled Lark is known in Afrikaans as Vlaktelewerik.

The Spike-heeled Lark is near Endemic to the Southern African Region which means it is mainly found in this region but is not restricted here alone. The Chersomanes albofasciata can be found in other parts of the world.

The Spike-heeled Lark has a height of 15 cms and weighs around 13 gms. The head is coloured brown while the bill is coloured black. The Chersomanes albofasciata 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.

Spike Heeled 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.

Spike Heeled Lark Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Spike-heeled 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 grey.

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.

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

This bird is usually seen in small family groups or in large flocks.