The red-capped lark, Calandrella cinerea, is a small passerine bird. This lark breeds in the highlands of eastern Africa southwards from Ethiopia and northern Somalia. In the south, its range stretches across the continent to Angola and south to the Cape in South Africa.

This is a species of short grassland including fallow agricultural areas. In eastern Africa, it is found in the highlands, normally above 1000 m, but it occurs down to sea level in suitable habitat in the cooler south of its extensive range.

The nest is a deep open, cup, which is set into the ground, and is usually situated close to a grass tuft, stone or mound. The nest is lined with fine grass and rootlets. The red-capped lark breeds all year round, but mainly September to December.



Red-capped Lark
Date Location Count
2020-02-13 07:02Queen Elizabeth II NP2
2020-01-31 08:30Paternoster to St Helena Bay3
2020-02-04 16:00R399--Vredenburg to Paternoster15
2020-02-04 07:15Masaai Mara NR--Mara River (North)6
2020-02-23 06:27Kliphoek Salt Pans1
2020-02-18 06:15Ngorongoro Conservation Area--Ndutu (general area)10
2020-02-04 07:59Darling Hills/Groote Post Road7
2020-02-21 08:30Rondevlei Nature Reserve1
2020-02-16 06:30Ngorongoro Conservation Area--Ngorongoro Crater1
2020-02-22 11:30Nairobi NP4
2020-02-11 12:18Engikaret Lark Plains3
2020-02-03 07:21Amboseli NP4
2020-02-06 02:22Bontebok NP2
2020-02-23 10:08Vlei north of De Mond
2020-02-01 05:30Benfontein Nature Reserve
2020-02-16 06:41Diepsloot Nature Reserve3
2020-02-02 10:13Rooiwal WTP1
2020-02-17 11:10Mamabolo Plains2
2020-02-23 06:30Bronkhorstspruit Dam7
2020-02-16 09:12Rustfontein Nature Reserve15
2020-02-23 06:13Tankatara Road1
2020-02-19 10:15Wakkerstroom Lark Loop--Second 6 Km12
2020-02-20 14:15Wakkerstroom - Yellow-breasted Pipit Fields (KZN)16