Large-billed lark

Large-billed lark

Large-billed lark, Southern thick-billed lark

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Galerida magnirostris

The large-billed lark or southern thick-billed lark (Galerida magnirostris ) is a small passerine bird found in southern Africa. The name "large-billed lark" may also refer to Bradfield's lark. The name "thick-billed lark" more commonly refers to the species of the same name (i.e. Rhamphocoris clotbey ).


The large-billed lark is 18 cm in length. It is relatively short-tailed and has a thick bill with a yellow base to the lower mandible. It has streaked brown-grey upperparts, and a long white supercilium. Like other species in the genus, it has a crest that can be raised in display or alarm. The underparts are cream-coloured with heavy dark streaking on the breast. The heavy bi-coloured bill distinguishes this species from all other African larks.

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The call of this very vocal species is a soft creaking "treeeeleeeeleee ".

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Biogeographical realms

The large-billed lark is a resident breeder in southern South Africa, Lesotho and southernmost Namibia. Its natural habitat is fynbos, karoo scrub and mountain grassland. The large-billed lark is also found in cultivated and fallow agricultural land.

Large-billed lark habitat map
Large-billed lark habitat map
Large-billed lark
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Habits and Lifestyle

Like other larks, the large-billed lark nests on the ground. Its food is seeds and insects, the latter especially in the breeding season.

Seasonal behavior
Bird's call

Diet and Nutrition



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

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