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Long spiky erectile crest. Dark and heavy streaking above. Rufous-buff flanks. Medium spotting on the breast. The sexes are similar.
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Similar to Crested Lark but smaller, darker and heavily streaked above, rufous-buff below mainly on flanks. Pale rufous outer tail feathers. Can be confused with Oriental Skylark but less spotting on the breast, heavier bill and longer crest. Pale rufous outer tail feathers. Call is different.
Open country, cultivation and scrub.
It nests on the ground, laying 2-3 eggs.
Diet includes seeds and insects.
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