Larks (Alaudidae)

Pink-billed Lark (Spizocorys conirostris) - HBW 9, p. 591

French: Alouette à bec rose German: Rotschnabellerche Spanish: Alondra Piquirrosa

Taxonomy: Alauda conirostris Sundevall, 1850, Vetchkop, Free State, South Africa.
Has been thought to form a superspecies with S. sclateri, but usually considered closer to S. fringillaris. Geographical variation broadly clinal; several races possibly not sustainable. Birds from far S of range named as race transiens and others from NE South Africa as griseovinacea, both regarded as indistinguishable from nominate. Six subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • makawai (Traylor, 1962) - W Zambia (Liuwa and Mutala Plains).
  • harti (Benson, 1964) - SW Zambia (Matabele Plain).
  • damarensis Roberts, 1922 - N Namibia and NW Botswana.

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  • makawai (Traylor, 1962) - W Zambia (Liuwa and Mutala Plains).
  • harti (Benson, 1964) - SW Zambia (Matabele Plain).
  • damarensis Roberts, 1922 - N Namibia and NW Botswana.
  • crypta (Irwin, 1957) - NE Botswana (Makgadikgadi Pan and L Dow).
  • barlowi Roberts, 1942 - S Namibia, S Botswana and NW South Africa (Northern Cape).
  • conirostris (Sundevall, 1850) - South Africa (Northwest Province E to Mpumulanga and W KwaZulu-Natal, S to Free State and Eastern Cape) and NW Lesotho.
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