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Record details

BirdPix:   124168
Province:   Eastern Cape
Country:   South Africa
Locus:   3125CC
Observer:   Collett A
Date of record:   2020-08-03
Number of photos:   1
Notes:   I make this Eastern Lark but someone with a slightly differing interpretation might make it Karoo Long-billed. The field guides have the two species separated by a straight line on the 24 degree latitude line. My experience of them is that they are separated by habitat-Karoo in the dry Karoo,Eastern in the grasslands and a sort of hybrid in the grassy Karoo which explains why every time there a bird is reported from Mountain Zebra National Park itellicits hot debate.
Last updated:   2020-08-14 07:07:06
Sp. code:   4127
Species name:   Certhilauda subcoronata
Common name:   Karoo Long-billed Lark (split) -- Karoolangbeklewerik
Family:   Alaudidae
Record status:   ACCEPTED
Collector's species id:   Eastern Long-billed Lark
Institution:   ADU-UCT
Record URL:   http://vmus.adu.org.za/?vm=BirdPix-124168
VM-number: 124168 - photo: 1

Comments by the Expert Panel on this record:

Comment number:   1
By:   Lisl van Deventer
Comment:   Grey nape and longer, more decurved bill points to Karoo Long-billed Lark (Chamberlain's LBJs - Faansie Peacock - p.83).
Date:   2020-08-14 07:07:06
Species name:   Certhilauda subcoronata -- Karoo Long-billed Lark (split); Karoolangbeklewerik
Species code:   4127

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