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Lark-like Bunting | Emberiza impetuani

The Lark-like Bunting is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Fringillidae bird family group which includes birds such as Chaffinches, Canaries, Buntings.

The description for the Lark-like Bunting (Latin name Emberiza impetuani) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Emberiza impetuani can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 887 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 1133. You will find a picture of the Lark-like Bunting on page 1121.

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 Lark-like Bunting is known in Afrikaans as Vaalstreepkoppie.

The Lark-like Bunting has a height of 14 cms and weighs around 15 gms. The head is coloured brown while the bill is coloured brown. The Emberiza impetuani has a grey coloured throat, brown 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 brown

Legs are brown

Throat is grey

Back is brown

Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground

The Lark-like Bunting is usually seen hunting for food within the tree foliage

The Emberiza impetuani attacks its prey aerially and feeds on wing or takes the prey to a secluded venue where it is killed, torn into small pieces and eaten

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

Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Lark-like Bunting 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 4 eggs and they are coloured white.

The nest is built high up in the tree canopy and is protected from predators by branches and the dense green foligae.

The Lark-like Bunting is mainly found in light and densely wooded forests, where there are Mopane trees.

The bird is found in the African bushveld

The bird is at home in riverine forests and close to water bodies such as lakes, dams and streams

This bird is very common in most of the Southern African Forests

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The Lark-like Bunting is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.

The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition * edited by PAR Hockey, WRJ Dean and PG Ryan, published by "The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund."

copyright: Tony Roocroft +27-11-454-0105

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