Karoo long-billed lark

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Karoo long-billed lark
Karoo Long-billed Lark (Certhilauda subcoronata) (31737723963).jpg
C. s. gilli in Mountain Zebra N. P.
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Alaudidae
Genus: Certhilauda
C. subcoronata
Binomial name
Certhilauda subcoronata
Smith, 1843

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Range (only up to central Namibia)

The Karoo long-billed lark (Certhilauda subcoronata) or Karoo longbill is a species of lark in the family Alaudidae. It is found in southern Africa in its natural habitat of subtropical or tropical dry shrubland.

Taxonomy and systematics[edit]

Previously, the Karoo long-billed lark was considered by some authorities to comprise several subspecies of the Cape long-billed lark.[2][3][4][5] Confusingly, the terms Damara longbill and Damaraland long-billed lark are used for both the Karoo long-billed lark and the Benguela long-billed lark.[2][6]


Four subspecies are recognized:[7]

Nominate subsp. illustrated by Andrew Smith, 1838. Note the greyish collar, a field mark of the species.
Immature of the Gordonia longbill subspecies at Augrabies
  • Damara longbill, Damara long-billed lark or Damaraland long-billed lark (C. s. damarensis) - (Sharpe, 1904): Originally described as a separate species in the genus Alaemon. Found in central Namibia
  • Gordonia longbill, Gordonia long-billed lark or large-billed Sabota lark (C. s. bradshawi) - (Sharpe, 1904): Originally described as a separate species in the genus Alaemon. Found in southern Namibia and north-western South Africa. Confusingly, the Sabota lark is also sometimes called the large-billed Sabota lark
  • C. s. subcoronata - Smith, 1843: Found in west-central South Africa
  • C. s. gilli - Roberts, 1936: Found in southern South Africa


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2013). "Certhilauda subcoronata". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Certhilauda damarensis - Avibase". avibase.bsc-eoc.org. Retrieved 2016-11-14.
  3. ^ "Certhilauda subcoronata bradshawi - Avibase". avibase.bsc-eoc.org. Retrieved 2016-11-14.
  4. ^ "Certhilauda subcoronata subcoronata - Avibase". avibase.bsc-eoc.org. Retrieved 2016-11-14.
  5. ^ "Certhilauda subcoronata gilli - Avibase". avibase.bsc-eoc.org. Retrieved 2016-11-14.
  6. ^ "Certhilauda benguelensis kaokoensis - Avibase". avibase.bsc-eoc.org. Retrieved 2016-11-14.
  7. ^ "IOC World Bird List 6.4". IOC World Bird List Datasets. doi:10.14344/ioc.ml.6.4.