Lark-like Bunting ( Emberiza impetuani, family: Fringillidae)

The Lark-like Bunting (Latin name Emberiza impetuani) is described in Roberts Birds of Southern Africa, 7th Edition. This bird has a unique Roberts number of 887 and you will find a full description of this bird on page 1133 also a picture of the Lark-like Bunting on page 1121. The Lark-like Bunting belongs to the family of birds classified as Fringillidae. According to the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology the Lark-like Bunting is also known by these other names: Lark Bunting, Pale Rock Bunting.

In the previous edition of Roberts (ie 6th edition) the Lark-like Bunting was called the

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 Lark-like Bunting is neither Endemic or near Endemic to the Kruger National Park. It is however a resident

In terms of distribution of the Lark-like Bunting in the Kruger National Park you may not see it in all areas. Lark-like Bunting 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 Lark-like Bunting 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 Lark-like Bunting is about 14 cms and its weight is about 15 gms

The male and female Lark-like Bunting have the same plumage and colours

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

This bird has normally proportioned leg length.

Main diet items for this bird ...

The Lark-like Bunting feeds on the ground and in foliage mainly



Breeding and nesting habits for this bird ...

The Lark-like Bunting is monogamous unless its mate dies. In the event of a partner dying Emberiza impetuani will seek out a new mate

The nesting habit of Lark-like Bunting is to create the nest in branches of a tree or shrub. The bird lays eggs which are white in colour and number between 2 to 4

Habitat and flocking behaviour for this bird ...

The preferred habitats for Lark-like Bunting are: woodlands and grasslands and riverine areas. The Lark-like Bunting is also at home in wetland and bushveld areas.

You can expect to see Lark-like Bunting in flocks, or pairs or as single birds.

Names of this avian species in other languages ...

Xhosa ... Unknown

Zulu ... Unknown

Afrikaans ...Vaalstreepkoppie

German ... Lerchenammer

Portuguese ... Escrevedeira-cotovia

French ... Bruant des rochers

Dutch ... Leeuwerikgors

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

Robert's 7th edition number ... 887

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 ,