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Barlow's Lark

Calendulauda barlowi

Barlow's lark, known scientifically as Calendulauda barlowi, is a modestly adorned species of lark belonging to the family Alaudidae. This bird is a living tribute to Charles Sydney Barlow, a South African businessman and conservationist whose name it bears.

Identification Tips

To identify Barlow's lark, one should look for its presence in the subtropical or tropical dry shrubland of Namibia and South Africa. Its plumage and size are typical of larks, allowing it to blend seamlessly into its arid surroundings.

Habitat

The natural habitat of Barlow's lark is the subtropical or tropical dry shrubland, a biome characterized by sparse vegetation and arid conditions.

Distribution

Barlow's lark graces the landscapes of Namibia and South Africa. Its range extends from the Koichab River to Aus in southwestern Namibia and along the coastal and inland regions of southwestern Namibia to northwestern South Africa.

Subspecies

Three subspecies of Barlow's lark are recognized, each with a distinct geographical range:

  • Calendulauda barlowi barlowi: Found from the Koichab River to Aus in southwestern Namibia.
  • Calendulauda barlowi patae: Inhabits coastal southwestern Namibia to northwestern South Africa.
  • Calendulauda barlowi cavei: Resides in inland southwestern Namibia to northwestern South Africa. There is some debate among authorities as to whether Cave's lark should be considered a separate species.

Conservation Status

Barlow's lark is currently facing the threat of habitat loss, which puts pressure on its survival and underscores the need for conservation efforts to protect this species and its environment.

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