Sabota Lark

Calendulauda sabota

The Sabota Lark is a common inhabitant of dry, open grasslands, savannas and scrublands, one of our most numerous larks. They feed on seeds and insects, and is apparently not dependent on a regular water supply. They love calling from a high vantage point, such as a treetop or pole, and mimicking the songs of other birds. It occurs only in parts of South Africa, Swaziland, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Angola. The IUCN lists it as being of Least Concern.

Normally seen singly, in monogamous pairs or small family groups, Sabota Larks breed during spring and summer. Their cup-shaped nests are usually built low to the ground, hidden amongs rocks or dense, thorny vegetation. Adult Sabota Larks weigh about 23g, attaining a total length of about 14cm.

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      1. Don Reid

        Dries, they never stop being a challenge! But I find I can ID most of the LBJ’s that I encounter after years of learning their characteristics, calls, habitat, behaviour, etc. Pipits remain a major challenge but I follow the rule “if in doubt, it’s probably an African Pipit”. Faansie Peacock’s excellent guide on LBJ’s is a must have reference book if you want to make progress on ID’ing these tricky birds

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