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stark's lark

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Stark's lark (Spizocorys starki) were first recorded by Arthur Cowell Stark (1850-1899) the author of the first 2 volumes of 'Birds of South Africa'. Sparse shrub or grass cover in arid and semi-arid open plains are favoured, as well as gravelly and stony soil.

Distribution: Common in mainly western and southern Namibia. Fairly common in the northern Namib Desert and the Skeleton Coast. Also found in Etosha National Park with some a thin scattering in the south of the country.

Diet: Eats mostly grass seeds, ants, bugs, flies, solifuges and spiders.

Description: A small lark with a short bill. Buffy brown upperparts, faintly streaked with dark brown. Often confused with the Sclater's lark which had darker brown upperparts and buffy (not white) underparts.

Breeding: As a rule, 2 to 4 eggs are laid from March to August, in a simple grass cup.

Size: 14cm. Weight: 19g.

Dabis Guest Farm

A working farm in southern Namibia. Offers an insight into sheep farming is this arid region

Duwisib Castle

The completely off his rocker 'Baron' von Wolf built this castle in the middle of nowhere. Rumours abound about this gun toting, cross dressing loon! Accommodation is available within the castle and a well shaded campsite is also on offer

Duwisib Guest Farm

This lovely guest farm offers self catering accommodation on a property adjacent to the Duwisib Castle

Kanaan Desert Retreat

On the scenic D707 road and bordering on the Namib Naukluft park, lies this spectacular property. Accommodation is offered in a small tented camp or en-suite rooms at the old farmhouse

Namseb Lodge

Formerly an Ostrich farm the lodge property is now largely dedicated to Namibian wildlife. The lodge itself offers standard bed & breakfast rooms as well as self catering chalets

Namtib Guest Farm

Situated in the Tiras mountains, an owner run guest farm that offers a warm welcome and even better scenery

Namibia Tours