Eastern long-billed lark

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Eastern long-billed lark
Eastern Long-billed Lark (Certhilauda semitorquata) calling.jpg
Mountain Zebra National Park, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Alaudidae
Genus: Certhilauda
Species: C. semitorquata
Binomial name
Certhilauda semitorquata
Smith, 1836

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Certhilauda semitorquata distribution map.png
  • Certhilauda curvirostris semitorquata
  • Certhilauda longirostris

The eastern long-billed lark (Certhilauda semitorquata), also known as the Kaffrarian long-billed lark or Eastern longbill is a species of lark in the family Alaudidae. It is found in south-eastern Africa. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical dry lowland grassland.

Taxonomy and systematics[edit]


Three subspecies are recognized:[2]

  • C. s. transvaalensis - Roberts, 1936: Found in eastern South Africa
  • C. s. semitorquata - Smith, 1836: Found in central South Africa
  • C. s. algida - Quickelberge, 1967: Found in south-eastern South Africa

Some authorities consider the eastern long-billed lark to be a subspecies of the Cape long-billed lark.[3]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Certhilauda semitorquata". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "IOC World Bird List 6.4". IOC World Bird List Datasets. doi:10.14344/ioc.ml.6.4. 
  3. ^ "Certhilauda semitorquata - Avibase". avibase.bsc-eoc.org. Retrieved 2016-11-11.