- Melophus lathami
16 cm (6¼ in)
- Mainly black
- Erect black crest
- Chestnut wings and tail
- Dark iris
Subspecies subcristatus is generally considered invalid.
Some authorities include this species in Emberiza.
Rocky areas and scrubland, grassy hillsides and terraced cultivation. Open, thorny forests and forest edges.
Observed at heights around 3000-3500 ft.
Their diet consists mainly of grass and weed seeds, including spilt grain. They have also been seen flycatching.
Recording © by Alok Tewari
Malli Mirai, Dwarahat, Alt. 4300 ft., Dist. Almora, Uttarakhand Himalayas, India, April-2017
Male singing close to Sunset time. There was another male in the vicinity, as well, and they were engaged in territorial activity.
- 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/
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved May 2017)
- Haryana Online
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