Dune Lark

Scientific Name:
Calendulauda erythrochlamys
Sub-Saharan Africa
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About the Dune Lark

The Dune Lark (Calendulauda erythrochlamys) is a small lark species found exclusively in the Namib Desert of Namibia.


Dune Larks are highly specialized birds adapted to the unique desert environment of the Namib. They inhabit sand dunes and gravel plains within the desert, where they forage for seeds and insects. These larks are specifically associated with areas of sparse vegetation and open sandy terrain, where they can blend in with their surroundings and find food.


Dune Larks are small birds, measuring approximately 13 to 15 centimeters (5 to 6 inches) in length. They have a compact build with a short tail, a relatively large head, and a short, straight bill. Their plumage is cryptically colored, with sandy-brown or grayish upperparts and paler underparts, providing excellent camouflage against the desert sand. Best Viewing The best place to view Dune Larks is within their restricted range in the Namib Desert of Namibia. Look for them in sandy areas and gravel plains, where they are commonly found foraging for food on the ground. Dune Larks are often seen running or hopping across the sand, occasionally perching on small bushes or rocks.