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Bimaculated Lark - BirdForum Opus

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


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


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


This is a monotypic species[1].

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


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



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


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


  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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