Larks (Alaudidae)

Large-billed Lark (Galerida magnirostris) - HBW 9, p. 598

French: Cochevis à gros bec German: Dickschnabellerche Spanish: Cogujada Picogorda
Other common names: (Southern) Thick-billed Lark(!)

Taxonomy: Alauda magnirostris Stephens, 1826, near Cape Town, South Africa.
Has sometimes been placed in a monotypic genus Calendula. Has been considered to form a superspecies with G. modesta, also including Pseudalaemon fremantlii when that placed in present genus, but differences appear too great for such treatment to be warranted. Geographical variation largely clinal, with clines of increasing body size and decreasing bill size from W to E. Birds from Lesotho sometimes separated as race montivaga, but probably better merged with harei. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • sedentaria Clancey, 1993 - Karoo areas of extreme SW Namibia and W South Africa (E to Griqualand West).
  • magnirostris (Stephens, 1826) - winter rainfall area of SW South Africa.
  • harei (Roberts, 1924) - W grasslands of South Africa and Lesotho.