Karoo Longbilled Lark

Scientific Name:
Certhilauda subcoronata
Sub-Saharan Africa
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About the Karoo Longbilled Lark

The Karoo Long-billed Lark (Certhilauda subcoronata) is a species of lark endemic to the arid and semi-arid regions of southern Africa, particularly the Karoo region.


Karoo Long-billed Larks are typically found in dry, open habitats with sparse vegetation, including semi-desert scrublands, grasslands, and shrublands. They are well adapted to arid environments and can also be found in agricultural areas and disturbed habitats with suitable habitat structure. These larks are often seen foraging on the ground for seeds and insects, using their long bills to probe the soil.


Karoo Long-billed Larks are medium-sized larks, measuring approximately 16 to 18 centimeters (6.3 to 7.1 inches) in length. They have a streaked brown plumage with cryptic markings, which provides excellent camouflage against the dry, sandy soil of their habitat. These larks have relatively long bills compared to other lark species, which they use to extract food from the ground. Best Viewing The best places to view Karoo Long-billed Larks are in their native habitat within the Karoo region of southern Africa. Look for them in semi-desert scrublands, grasslands, and shrubby areas where they are commonly found foraging on the ground. These larks are often seen perched on low shrubs or rocks, singing their melodious song and displaying their distinctive plumage.