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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Infraclassis: Archosauromorpha
Cladus: Crurotarsi
Divisio: Archosauria
Subsectio: Ornithodira
Subtaxon: Dinosauromorpha
Cladus: Dinosauria
Ordo: Saurischia
Cladus: Eusaurischia
Cladus: Theropoda
Cladus: Neotheropoda
Infraclassis: Aves
Ordo: Passeriformes
Subordo: Passeri
Infraordo: Passerida
Superfamilia: Passeroidea

Familia: Alaudidae
Genus: Certhilauda
Species: C. albescens - C. benguelensis - C. brevirostris - C. burra - C. chuana - C. curvirostris - C. erythrochlamys - C. semitorquata - C. subcoronata
Certhilauda Swainson, 1827

Certhilauda is a genus of larks in the family Alaudidae living in the southern regions of Africa. The genus was formerly named Heterocorys.

Taxonomy and systematics
Extant species

The genus Certhilauda contains six species:[1]

Short-clawed lark (Certhilauda chuana)
Karoo long-billed lark (Certhilauda subcoronata)
Benguela long-billed lark (Certhilauda benguelensis)
Eastern long-billed lark (Certhilauda semitorquata)
Cape long-billed lark (Certhilauda curvirostris)
Agulhas long-billed lark (Certhilauda brevirostris)

Former species

Some authorities, either presently or formerly, recognize several additional species or subspecies as belonging to the genus Certhilauda, including:

Greater hoopoe-lark (as the bifasciated lark, Certhilauda desertorum)[2]
Eastern greater hoopoe-lark (as Certhilauda doriae)[3]
Spike-heeled lark (as Certhilauda albofasciata)[4]
Spike-heeled lark (kalahariae) (as Certhilauda kalahariae)[5]
Spike-heeled lark (garrula) (as Certhilauda garrula)[6]
Rufous-rumped lark (as Certhilauda erythropygia)[7]
Karoo lark (as Certhilauda albescens)[8]
Red lark (as Certhilauda burra, Certhilauda erythroclamys or Certhilauda harei)[9]
Dune lark (as Certhilauda erythrochlamys)[10]
Barlow's lark (as Certhilauda barlowi)[11]
Somali lark (as Certhilauda somalica)[12]


Gill, Frank; Donsker, David, eds. (2018). "Nicators, reedling, larks". World Bird List Version 8.2. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
Blanford, William Thomas (1870-01-01). Observations on the Geology and Zoology of Abyssinia: Made During the Progress of the British Expedition to that Country in 1867-68. Macmillan and Company. "Certhilauda desertorum."
"Alaemon alaudipes doriae - Avibase". Retrieved 2016-12-16.
"Chersomanes [albofasciata or beesleyi] - Avibase". Retrieved 2016-11-17.
"Chersomanes albofasciata kalahariae - Avibase". Retrieved 2016-12-16.
"Chersomanes albofasciata garrula - Avibase". Retrieved 2016-12-16.
"Pinarocorys erythropygia - Avibase". Retrieved 2016-12-22.
"Calendulauda albescens - Avibase". Retrieved 2016-11-18.
"Calendulauda burra - Avibase". Retrieved 2016-11-19.
"Calendulauda erythrochlamys - Avibase". Retrieved 2016-11-19.
"Calendulauda barlowi - Avibase". Retrieved 2016-11-19.
"Mirafra somalica - Avibase". Retrieved 2016-11-29.

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