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A photo of a Karoo Long-billed Lark (Certhilauda subcoronata)
Karoo Long-billed Lark

Karoo Long-billed Lark

Certhilauda subcoronata

The Karoo long-billed lark, or Karoo longbill, is a distinguished member of the Alaudidae family, boasting a rather elongated bill that is quite characteristic of the species. This bird is a true embodiment of the arid landscapes it inhabits, with a plumage that mirrors the subtle hues of its environment.

Identification Tips

When observing the Karoo long-billed lark, one should note the greyish collar that adorns its neck—a field mark that sets it apart from its kin. The bird's overall coloration is a muted blend that provides excellent camouflage against the dry shrubland backdrop.


The natural habitat of the Karoo long-billed lark is the subtropical or tropical dry shrubland, a testament to its resilience and adaptability to arid conditions.


This species is found in southern Africa, with its range extending up to central Namibia. It is a bird well-suited to the vast open spaces of this region.


There are four recognized subspecies of the Karoo long-billed lark, each with its own unique distribution:

  • The Damara longbill, found in central Namibia.
  • The Gordonia longbill, residing in southern Namibia and north-western South Africa.
  • The nominate subspecies, C. s. subcoronata, located in west-central South Africa.
  • The C. s. gilli, which calls southern South Africa its home.

Conservation Status

The IUCN Red List has classified the Karoo long-billed lark as Least Concern, indicating that, for now, this species does not face any immediate threat of extinction. It is a small victory for conservationists and bird enthusiasts alike.

In the vastness of southern Africa's shrublands, the Karoo long-billed lark continues to thrive, a small but significant part of the region's rich avian tapestry.

Karoo Long-billed Lark Sounds

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