Botha's lark

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Botha's lark
Botha Calandrella Gronvold.jpg
Juvenile Botha's lark (top)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Alaudidae
Genus: Spizocorys
Species: S. fringillaris
Binomial name
Spizocorys fringillaris
(Sundevall, 1850)
Spizocorys fringillaris distribution map.png
  • Alauda fringillaris
  • Botha difficilis
  • Botha fringillaris
  • Calandrella fringillaris
  • Spizocorys difficilis

Botha's lark (Spizocorys fringillaris) is a species of lark in the family Alaudidae.

It is endemic to South Africa. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical high-altitude grassland and pastureland. It is threatened by habitat loss.

Taxonomy and systematics[edit]

Botha's lark was originally placed in the genus Alauda. Formerly, some authorities have classified it within either the genus Calandrella or the monotypic genus Botha. An alternate species name of difficilis has also been used to describe Botha's lark.[2][3]

Behaviour and ecology[edit]

Food and feeding[edit]

The diet of Botha's lark includes seeds and insects, including beetles and moths.[4]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2016). "Spizocorys fringillaris". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2016: e.T22717368A94529161. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22717368A94529161.en. Retrieved 13 January 2018. 
  2. ^ "Spizocorys fringillaris - Avibase". Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
  3. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2014-08-28). The Eponym Dictionary of Birds. Bloomsbury Publishing. ISBN 9781472905741. 
  4. ^ "Botha's Lark (Spizocorys fringillaris)". Retrieved 2016-12-04. 

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