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.
80km west of Keetmanshoop, named after the large lime ovens found on the farms. Boasts the largest collection of lithops in Namibia
A popular establishment in the southern Namibian town of Keetmanshoop
A large air-conditioned hotel in Keetmanshoop. A useful stop en-route to the Fish River Canyon and South Africa
Good facilities make this an excellent overnight choice
The undisputed winner of the longest lodge name in Namibia, MFSQTDP offers accommodation at reasonable prices
Close to the Quiver Tree Forest this is a popular choice