Short-clawed lark

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Short-clawed lark
Certhilauda chuana, Pietersburg, Kellermann, a.jpg
In Limpopo, South Africa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Alaudidae
Genus: Certhilauda
Species: C. chuana
Binomial name
Certhilauda chuana
(Smith, 1836)
Certhilauda chuana distribution map.png
  • Alauda chuana
  • Certhilauda breviunguis
  • Heterocorys breviunguis
  • Mirafra chuana

The short-clawed lark (Certhilauda chuana), or short-clawed bush-lark, is a species of lark in the family Alaudidae. It is found in Botswana and South Africa. Its natural habitat is dry savannah.

Taxonomy and systematics[edit]

Originally, the short-clawed lark was classified as belonging to the genus Alauda and then Mirafra until moved to Calendulauda. Not all authorities recognize this re-classification from Mirafra.[2]

Behaviour and ecology[edit]

Illustration by Keulemans
1. C. chuana, 2. A. grayi

The species lays clutches of two or three 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, chicks 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.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Certhilauda chuana". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Certhilauda chuana - Avibase". Retrieved 2016-11-17. 
  • 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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