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Bimaculated Lark - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Jugal Tiwari
Kutch, Gujarat, India, December, 2008
Melanocorypha bimaculata

Identification

16-18 cm

  • Streaked grey above
  • White below
  • Two small black patches on the breast sides
  • White supercilium
  • Short broad grey brown wings
  • Short white tipped tail

Distribution

Turkey into Central Asia. It winters in northeast Africa, the Greater Middle East to Pakistan, India and Tibet.

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

Two subspecies, rufescens and torquata are not recognised by all authorities[2]

Habitat

Stony semi-desert and higher altitude cultivation. Desert farmland and grassland.

Behaviour

Breeding

Its nest is on the ground, with 3-4 eggs being laid.

Diet

The diet includes seeds and insects, the latter especially in the breeding season.

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. BF Member observations
  4. Wikipedia

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