Fawn-coloured Lark ( Calendulauda africanoides, family: Alaudidae)

The Fawn-coloured Lark (Latin name Calendulauda africanoides) is described in Roberts Birds of Southern Africa, 7th Edition. This bird has a unique Roberts number of 497 and you will find a full description of this bird on page 870 also a picture of the Fawn-coloured Lark on page 928. The Fawn-coloured Lark belongs to the family of birds classified as Alaudidae.

The map of the Kruger you see on this page shows the areas (coloured orange) where this bird has been identified. The basic information was provided by the Avian Demographic Unit based at UCT and I created the maps from that information ... the green dots show the locations of the various Kruger National Park Rest Camps

The Fawn-coloured Lark is neither Endemic or near Endemic to the Kruger National Park.

In terms of distribution of the Fawn-coloured Lark in the Kruger National Park you may not see it in all areas. Fawn-coloured Lark has been recorded in only 1 sections of the arbitrary Kruger Park regions I selected.

Identification assistance for this avian species ...

One of the first indicators to take note of when trying to identify a bird is it relative size. For example how big is the bird compared to a well known familiar bird. The Fawn-coloured Lark is a small bird about the size of a house sparrow. Do not take this relative indicator as anything other than a rough easy to remember indicator. It is not a accurate visualization. The height of the Fawn-coloured Lark is about 16 cms and its weight is about 23 gms

The male and female Fawn-coloured Lark have the same plumage and colours

  • Head is brown.
  • Eye is brown.
  • Bill is grey.
  • Throat is white.
  • Back is brown.
  • Legs are yellow.

This bird has normally proportioned leg length.

Main diet items for this bird ...

The Fawn-coloured Lark feeds on the ground mainly



Breeding and nesting habits for this bird ...

The Fawn-coloured Lark is monogamous unless its mate dies. In the event of a partner dying Calendulauda africanoides will seek out a new mate

The nesting habit of Fawn-coloured Lark is to create the nest on the ground. The bird lays eggs which are cream in colour and number between 2 to 3

Habitat and flocking behaviour for this bird ...

The preferred habitats for Fawn-coloured Lark are: woodlands . The Fawn-coloured Lark is also at home in wetland and bushveld areas.

You will not see Fawn-coloured Lark in flocks. The bird prefers to act singly or in pairs.

Names of this avian species in other languages ...

Xhosa ... Unknown

Zulu ... Unknown

Afrikaans ...Vaalbruinlewerik

German ... Steppenlerche

Portuguese ... Cotovia-cor-d'areia

French ... Alouette fauve

Dutch ... Savanne-Leeuwerik

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For in-depth birding information please refer to these authoritative avian references ...

Robert's 7th edition number ... 497

The main reference source for this data was "Roberts - Birds of Southern Africa, 7th Edition" . Other references were "Newmans Birds of the Kruger Park" by Keith Newman published circa 1980 . Names in foreign languages were obtained from the Percy Fitzpatrick Institute of African Ornithology, University of Cape Town website , www.fitzpatrick.uct.ac.za