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Bimaculated Lark

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


[edit] 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

[edit] Distribution

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

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

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

[edit] Habitat

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

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

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

[edit] Diet

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

[edit] 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
  2. Avibase
  3. BF Member observations
  4. Wikipedia

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