Black-eared Sparrow-lark

Eremopterix australis

The black-eared or what I like to call the “abominable sparrow-lark” is the only endemic sparrow-lark to southern Africa and is also the most sought after as well as the most difficult to find. It is a nomadic species and prefers sparse Karoo shrubland and grassland, especially on red sand or stony soils.

I first recorded this species in May 2013 at Augraabies National Park. The roads surrounding the Karoo town of Prince Albert are also good locations for this endemic bird.


Black-eared Sparrow-Lark / Prince Albert (Gamkapoort Dam Road), South Africa / 27 December 2013 Black-eared-Sparrow-Lark_Prince-Albert-(Gamkapoort-Dam-Road),-South-Africa_27-December-2013-8 Black-eared Sparrow-Lark / Prince Albert (Gamkapoort Dam Road), South Africa / 27 December 2013 (Lens blur to background) Black-eared-Sparrow-Lark_Prince-Albert-(Gamkapoort-Dam-Road),-South-Africa_27-December-2013-9 Black-eared Sparrow-Lark / Prince Albert (Gamkapoort Dam Road), South Africa / 27 December 2013 (Lens blur to background) Black-eared Sparrow-lark – fem. / Augrabies Falls National Park, South Africa / 08 May 2013 Black-eared Sparrow-Lark / Prince Albert (Gamkapoort Dam Road), South Africa / 27 December 2013 Black-eared Sparrow-lark – fem. / Augrabies Falls National Park, South Africa / 08 May 2013 Black-eared Sparrow-lark – fem. / Augrabies Falls National Park, South Africa / 08 May 2013
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