restricted access Streaky ground-dwellers
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Sabota Lark L: 15 cm (6") A medium-sized, streaky lark with a conspicuous white eyebrow, white crescent under the eye and prominent moustachial streak, creating a bold face pattern . The breast is strongly streaked, contrasting with a whitish belly and throat . This species lacks the rufous in the wing shown by Rufousnaped Lark (page 73) and Flappet Lark (not illustrated) . It is a common resident in Kruger, where pairs inhabit a variety of drier woodlands . In spring and summer (October– March), birds sit up on thorn trees singing a rich melodious and variable song that often includes mimicry of other birds . Bushveld Pipit L: 13 cm (5") Pipits are more slender and thinner-billed than larks, and this species is smaller and dumpier than the other pipits in Kruger . Its streaky back and breast prevent confusion with the scarce and erratic Buffy and Plain-backed Pipits (neither illustrated), and compared with African Pipit (page 73) the streaking is more extensive on the breast, reaching the flanks . Bushveld Pipit also lacks the bold white eyebrow of African Pipit and has a shorter tail . It is an uncommon and unobtrusive resident in Kruger that is somewhat nomadic, favouring the western woodlands in the southern half of the park . It avoids open areas and stubble fields (favoured by African Pipit), preferring the undergrowth of woodland, particularly where it is grassy or rocky . GroundscraperThrush L: 21 cm (8") A tall, long-legged thrush with grey-brown upperparts, heavily streaked white underparts, and a strongly marked face with a bold black moustache, tear-stripe, and ear-crescent on an otherwise white face . In flight it shows distinctive large buff patches in the wings . This is a common resident of open woodlands and camps throughout Kruger, favouring heavily grazed and burnt areas . Numbers may decline in winter (June–August), and although locally nomadic movements sometimes occur, these are poorly understood . The Groundscraper Thrush sings a melodic song, and calls a grating “lit-sit-siru-pa” (which gives the bird its scientific name Psophocichla litsitsirupa) . It runs long distances on the ground before stopping and standing bolt-upright and flicking its wings . Streaky ground-dwellers 122 BIRDS OF BROADLEAVED WOODLAND AND CAMPS groundscraper thrush bushveld pipit 123 ...