This Sabota Lark (Calendulauda sabota, 2009) is one of the resident birds at Kaingo Private Game Reserve that you have to see to be able to identify. Reason being that it is and expert at mimicking about 60 other bird songs.
Even this photo, taken by the Elephant Lodge manager, Natie, does not pay full tribute, as the bird was hiding in the shade. Be sure to bring your binoculars for this secretive little bird.
As it is not known to drink water, it is thought that its moisture needs are filled by the insects it hunts. Clever placing of the ground nest, in order to be shaded for the most of the day, assists these birds with control of body temperatures during the hot African days in the Waterberg mountains.
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