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Photo by Rakesh
Ponda, Goa, India
, May 2006
- Alauda gulgula
Subspecies A. g. inconspicua
Photo by Alok Tewari
Gurgaon Rural, Haryana, India
Size: 16 cm
Streaked, yellow-brown upper plumage, Buffy-white outer tail feathers and a short crest. Rufous tinge to primaries, but not as rufous as Mirafra. Small fine bill.
Sexes are similar.
Western, Central, South-east Asia and China.
Photo by portnoy58
Huay Mai Teng Reservoir, Ratchaburi, Thailand, April 2011
There are 8 subspecies:
- Pamir Mountains and western Himalayas (Kashmir to northern Punjab)
- Eastern China (Shandong to southern Shaanxi and central Sichuan)
- Eastern Himalayas and adjacent China (ae Xizang and western Yunnan)
- South-eastern and southern China to northern Vietnam; Hainan Island
Prefers open land and short grass, often near waterbodies.
Usually solitary or loose flocks. Runs short distances and crouches when disturbed.
Its diet includes seeds and insects.
Nests on Ground.
- Clements, JF. 2010. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2010. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/Clements%206.5.xls/view