1211. Alauda arvensis einerascens

(1211) Alauda arvensis cinerascens Ehmcke.
Alauda arvensis dulcivox, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. viii, p. 315.
Alauda arvensis cinerascens, ibid. vol. viii, p. 663.
The actual status of this Lark is very difficult to define, as additional races have been named from Central Asia. It appears, however, to be the form breeding in Western Siberia, Turkestan, Tianschan, Pamirs, Gilgit, Afghanistan and Baluchistan, occurring within our limits on the frontiers of the two last-mentioned countries.
I believe also that the Larks obtained by Whitehead and Harington in the Kurram Valley belong to the present race.
In his article on the “Birds of Kohat and Kurram” Whitehead only refers to the large form of Sky-Lark as a winter visitor, hut later he found it breeding at 10,000 feet and told Harington, who also obtained a nest at Basal, Kurram Valley, 10,000 feet.
Fulton says it is resident about Chitral between 5,000 and 10,000 feet, and Marshall, Betham and Williams all say a large form of Sky-Lark is resident and breeds on the hills above Quetta.
* When writing the 'Fauna of India’ I came to the conclusion that it was advisable to separate the group into two species, a conclusion I see no reason to reconsider. On the other hand, dulcivox of Brooks, revived by Ticehurst, is preoccupied, as is guttata of the same author, and these must be changed to cinerascens of Ehmcke and lhamarum of Meinertzhagen (vide vol. viii, supra).
Whitehead’s and Haring ton’s eggs, now in my collection, were taken on the 20th July and 30th June respectively, and each nest contained three eggs. Those taken by Whitehead are of the Otocoris type, long yellow-brown eggs almost unicoloured, but the female was shot off the nest, so there can be no mistake. The eggs taken by Harington are like typical English Sky-Larks, pale greenish-grey ground with profuse freckles of darker grey-brown, forming rings at the larger end.
They measure from 23.1 x 16.8 to 25.1 x 16.8 mm., too large to be the eggs of A. g. lhamarum (—guttata), the only other Lark possibly breeding in the same area.

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 3. 1934.
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Eastern Sky Lark
Eurasian Skylark
Alauda arvensis
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