Cape clapper lark

Cape clapper lark

Cape clapper lark

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Mirafra apiata

The Cape clapper lark (Mirafra apiata ) is a small passerine bird which breeds in southern Africa. It derives its name from the wing clapping which forms part of the display flight. The Cape clapper lark is a species of open grassland and savannah, also inhabiting karoo, fynbos and fallow agricultural land.


This lark is a 15 cm long bird, with a brown crown, rich rufous underparts, and a strong bill. The Cape clapper lark has grey upperparts and a grey face, and the Agulhas clapper lark has dark brown upperparts, although individual variation means that it cannot always be reliably distinguished from the nominate race.

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The display commences with an ascending flight with wing flapping. The Cape clapper lark has a slower wing clap compared to the Eastern clapper lark, and its otherwise similar call is longer and rises in pitch more. The Agulhas clapper lark has a fast wing clap, and a descending double whistled "peeeooo " call.

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Biogeographical realms
Cape clapper lark habitat map
Cape clapper lark habitat map
Cape clapper lark
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Habits and Lifestyle

The Cape clapper lark is a skulking species and difficult to find when not displaying. It is not gregarious, and individuals tend to be seen in dry habitats feeding on the ground on seeds and insects.

Seasonal behavior
Bird's call


1. Cape clapper lark Wikipedia article -
2. Cape clapper lark on The IUCN Red List site -
3. Xeno-canto bird call -

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