oa African Zoology - Biology of larks (Aves: Alaudidae) in the central Namib desert

Volume 6, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X



The biology of six species of larks in the Namib Desert near Walvis Bay, South West Africa, was studied in 1964, 1965 and 1966. All species reproduced following rainfall in summer and autumn months, with the appearance of green grass and abundant insects on which the birds fed. Larks avoid heat stress during daytime by keeping to the shade of stones, tufts of vegetation and mouths of rodent burrows; and nests are nearly always placed on the shady side of a stone or tuft of grass.

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