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Large-billed Lark | Galerida magnirostris

The Large-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 Large-billed Lark (Latin name Galerida magnirostris) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Galerida magnirostris can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 512 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 895. You will find a picture of the Large-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.

This bird is known as Thick-billed Lark in the Roberts 6th Edition. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the Large-billed Lark between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition

The Large-billed Lark is known in Afrikaans as Dikbeklewerik.

The Large-billed Lark is Endemic to the Southern African Region which means that this bird is only found in this region and nowhere else in the world.

The Large-billed Lark has a height of 18 cms and weighs around 45 gms. The head is coloured brown while the bill is coloured brown. The Galerida magnirostris 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 brown

Legs are pink

Throat is white

Back is brown

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 .

Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

The Large-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 4 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 ...

The Large-billed Lark 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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