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Ashy-crowned Sparrow-Lark - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Scottishdude
Goa, India, March, 2009
Eremopterix grisea

Eremopterix griseus


12 cm (4-4¾ in)

  • Brownish-black underparts and head
  • rilght white patches on the nape
  • Grey crown
  • Pale grey upperparts and wings
  • Light grey thick bill
Photo by vaibhav mishra
Kutch, India, August 2010

Female and Young

  • drabber, pale brown-grey upperparts
  • Buff underparts
  • White belly
  • Dark grey underwing coverts visible in flight


Asia: found in India, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Open dry scrub and dry cultivated fields, sandy river beds, dry tidal mudflats. Arid stoney plains, grassland.


Photo by S K Gudi
Hubli, India, November 2014


A ground nester, laying 2-3 eggs.


The diet includes insects such as small beetles and grass seeds.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved July 2015)
  3. Wikipedia
  4. BF Member observations

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