oa African Zoology - The biology of the larks (Alaudidae) of the Kalahari sand veld

Volume 5, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X



No family of passerine birds has shown as great an adaptive radiation in the arid regions of the Old World as have the larks. Of the world's 76 species of larks (Peters 1960) 25 occur in South Africa (McLachlan & Liversidge 1957) and of these, nine are found in the Kalahari sandveld. Eight of them are breeding species, while one, the red-capped lark Calandrella cinerea, is an irregular visitor in small numbers. It is therefore surprising to find that little biological work has been done on the South African larks.

Loading full text...

Full text loading...


Article metrics loading...


This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error