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HELP NEEDED WITH AGULHAS LONG-BILLED LARK RESEARCH

Posted on the 15th January 2020

The endemic Agulhas Long-billed Lark is one of the iconic species of the Overberg region: It is range restricted, only occurs in our region and is hugely sought-after in the birding tourism industry. Very little is known about this bird however and a new research project is currently being launched to investigate the breeding biology of this bird. Herewith the appeal for support by the researcher – kindly assist by reporting all breeding attempts when this is encountered out there in the Overberg Wheatbelt.

“We would definitely appreciate any input from the Overberg birding community on these nesting larks! We're very much still in the design phase but perhaps I can just request a few things that would be really useful to take note of when encountering breeding larks:

1. Nests location and habitat type (ie renosterveld, fallow fields, agriculture or pasture) and whether or not it's in a protected area

2. How many adults seem to be present / attending to the nest

3. Date and stage (eggs, chicks etc)

Thanks again and please do get in touch with me for more information!”

Best wishes.

Sanjo Rose
rosesanjo1@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Image by Anton)

COMMENTS

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EDDIE LAMBRECHTS (posted: 2020-01-18 22:58:50)
I moved to Swellendam from Cape Town during 2013. The Agulhas Long-billed Lark has become one of my favourites. During weekends when I have the opportunity I frequent the farm roads in the district. Although I have found many "isolated" birds over a large area, I've come across only one area where I know they breed. As I don't have access to farms finding nests is difficult. I frequently encounter immature/juvenile birds in this specific area only therefore I assume that they breed in this area. On an average afternoon I may encounter between 5 to 8 adults, however during 2017/2018 and again 2018/2019 they have almost "disappeared", quite often I would not find any. Thus far 2019/2020, even though it has been mostly extremely dry, the numbers looks extremely better. If you contact me, I'll provide you with a map of the area where I believe they breed as well as photos.