A medium-sized lark that has a rounded head lacking a crest, a slightly decurved bill, a bold face pattern, and a heavily streaked breast with unstreaked flanks. Upperparts coloration is mostly sandy-brown to tan, often matching prevailing soil color in the region. Pairs are resident in soft sands of semi-arid Karoo and coastal shrublands, preferring to dig in sandy areas for insects. The male sings from bushes, and in spring has a protracted aerial display 10 to 30 meters up in the air, with deep wingbeats, fluttering, and dangling legs. The song is a distinctive set of introductory clicks followed by a short, downslurred scratchy musical phrase that may or may not end in a semi-musical trill. The slightly smaller and more boldly marked Karoo Lark has streaking extending to the flanks that is lacking on Barlow’s Lark.