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Ashy-crowned Sparrow-Lark - BirdForum Opus

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

Eremopterix griseus

Identification

12 cm (4-4¾ in)
Male

  • Brownish-black underparts and head
  • rilght white patches on the nape
  • Grey crown
  • Pale grey upperparts and wings
  • Light grey thick bill
Female
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

Distribution

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

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

Habitat

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

Behaviour

Juvenile
Photo by S K Gudi
Hubli, India, November 2014

Breeding

A ground nester, laying 2-3 eggs.

Diet

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

References

  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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