Short-clawed lark

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Short-clawed Lark
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1. C. chuana, 2. A. grayi
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Alaudidae
Genus: Certhilauda
Species: C. chuana
Binomial name
Certhilauda chuana
(Smith, 1836)
Synonyms
  • Heterocorys breviunguis (Sund.)

The Short-clawed Lark (Certhilauda chuana) is a species of lark in the Alaudidae family. It is found in Botswana and South Africa. Its natural habitat is dry savanna.

The species lays clutches of between 2-3 eggs (average clutch sizes in two studies 2.27-2.75 eggs). The incubation lasts for around 15 days, the longest of any African lark species. After fledging chick remain with their parents for 6–8 weeks. There is some variation in nesting strategies in the species, with the eastern population (in South Africa) having numerous broods per breeding season and the western population (in Botswana) breeding once per season.

References[edit]

  • Engelbrecht, Derek (2005) "Breeding biology of the eastern population of the Short-clawed Lark in South Africa" Ostrich - Journal of African Ornithology, 76 (3-4_ 154-161


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