Botha's Lark

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical high-altitude grassland and pastureland. It is threatened by habitat loss.

The Botha's Lark is classified as Endangered (EN), considered to be facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild.

The Botha's Lark (Spizocorys fringillaris) is a species of lark in the Alaudidae family. It is endemic to South Africa. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical high-altitude grassland and pastureland. It is threatened by habitat loss. References - * BirdLife International 2006. Spizocorys fringillaris. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 24 July 2007. Stub icon This Alaudidae-related article is a stub. More

* Botha's Lark, Spizocorys fringillaris * Sclater's Lark, Spizocorys sclateri * Obbia Lark, Spizocorys obbiensis * Masked Lark, Spizocorys personata * Genus: Eremalauda * Dunn's Lark, Eremalauda dunni * Stark's Lark, Eremalauda starki * Genus: Chersophilus More

Botha's Lark - Spizocorys fringillaris = IUCN Status: Endangered IUCN Species Profile Botha's Lark: Roberts VII Draft Texts. R509 Botha's Lark Spizocorys fringillaris. ... References. Allan DG, Batchelor GR, Tarboton WR 1983 Breeding of Botha's Lark. ... Alaudidae: 736, 508, Spizocorys conirostris, Pink-billed Lark, Pinkbilled Lark, Pienkbeklewerik. 737, 509, Spizocorys fringillaris, Botha's Lark, Botha's Lark, Vaalrivierlewerik. ... More

Occasionally the odd Botha's Lark may be tempted to put in an appearance here as well. The pipits that one sees now are more likely to be Plain-backed Pipit as the ubiquitous African Pipit of summer have also decided to opt for lower lying areas. The Sentinel Rock-Thrush that you see in the open grassland are probably not the same individuals that occupy the rocky hillsides in summer. They are thought to be visitors from the Lesotho Highlands enjoying the relative warmth of a Wakkerstroom winter. More

Botha's lark (Spizocorys fringillaris) is also Endangered. It is patchily distributed within South Africa, and its population is declining due to habitat destruction by agriculture. The situation is critical for the Raso lark (Alauda razae) and Rudd's lark. The former species is endemic to the uninhabited Islet of Raso (Cape Verde Islands), and its population is very small (92 birds counted in 1998). Accidentally introduced predators are therefore a serious threat to eggs and nestlings. More

* Botha's Lark Botha's Lark Spizocorys fringillaris, which also occurs within the IBA, is highly localised within moist clay highveld grassland on black clays or dolerite soils where it favours short, dense, natural grassland on plateaus and upper hill slopes, avoiding rocky areas, taller grass in bottomlands, vleis, croplands and planted pastures. More

Botha's Lark Spizocorys fringillaris IUCN Red List Criteria Critically Endangered Endangered A2c; A3c; A4c Vulnerable C2a(i) IUCN Red List history Year Category 2008 Endangered 2006 Endangered 2004 Endangered 2000 Endangered More

Botha's Lark Spizocorys fringillaris 2009 IUCN Red List Category (as evaluated by BirdLife International - the official Red List Authority for birds for IUCN): Endangered Justification This species is listed as Endangered because it is believed to have undergone a very rapid population decline owing to habitat destruction for agriculture, which is projected to continue into the future. More

road 5km from town for Botha's Lark, which prefers areas of short grass. Pink-billed Lark also occur in this area but prefer taller grass. The birds may be seen for the next 20km until a turn-off to the right signposted Waterval. The grazed area around the huts at this junction is good for both Botha's Lark and Rudd's Lark, the latter being most easily located in summer by its aerial display. 2. More

Botha's Lark is a small bird (about 12 cm), and is an uncommon endemic to South Africa. It inhabits heavily grazed uplands and is usually solitary or found in pairs or small groups. It eats insects and possibly seeds. More

Botha's Lark Spizocorys fringillaris WT000a nest Wakkerstroom, South Africa; Oct 2005 More

Order : Passeriformes
Family : Alaudidae
Genus : Spizocorys
Species : fringillaris
Authority : (Sundevall, 1850)