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cape clapper lark

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Cape clapper lark (Mirafra apiata) inhabit sandplain and arid mountain fynbos and succulent Karoo. They are a secretive species, usually observed singly or in pairs. Sightings are often restricted to them landing on a bush or fence post, as they head straight for to the ground to cover in vegetation.

Distribution: In the vicinity of Rosh Pinah or south-west of Keetmanshoop only.

Diet: Eats insects foraged on the ground or at the bases of tufts of grass. Also takes seeds from bushman grasses and forges. Known to eat small fruits from amongst others honey-thorn.

Description: A small compact lark, with a barred plumage. Whistles can be heard from a greater distance than wing flaps, which are distinctive and fast.

Breeding: A cup-shaped nest made from grass and lined with rootlets is built in a hollow or a scrape in the ground. Usually 2 to 3 eggs are laid from August to November.

Size: 13cm. Weight: 28g.

Alte Kalkofen Lodge

80km west of Keetmanshoop, named after the large lime ovens found on the farms. Boasts the largest collection of lithops in Namibia

Birds Mansion

A popular establishment in the southern Namibian town of Keetmanshoop

Canyon Hotel

A large air-conditioned hotel in Keetmanshoop. A useful stop en-route to the Fish River Canyon and South Africa

Keetmanshoop Central Lodge

Good facilities make this an excellent overnight choice

Mesosaurus Fossil Site & Quiver Tree Dolerite Park

The undisputed winner of the longest lodge name in Namibia, MFSQTDP offers accommodation at reasonable prices

Quiver Tree Forest Rest Camp

Close to the Quiver Tree Forest this is a popular choice

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