878. Ammomanes phoenicuroides

878. Ammomanes phoenicuroides.

The Desert Finch-Lark.

Mirafra phoenicuroides, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xxii, p. 583 (1853). Ammomanes phoenicuroides (Blyth), Horsf. & M. Cat. ii, p. 478; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. xiii, p. 647 ; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. ii, p. 242. Ammomanes lusitanica (Gmel.), Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 422: Hume, N. & E. p. 478; id. S. F. i, p. 211. Ammomanes deserti (Licht), Hume, Cat. no. 759; Barnes, Birds Bom. p. 276.

The Pale-rufous Finch-Lark, Jerd.

Coloration. Upper plumage greyish brown, tinged with rufous on the upper tail-coverts and slightly streaked with blackish on the crown; tail brown margined with pale rufous, the outer web of the outer tail-feather entirely of this colour, the bases of all the feathers tinged reddish ; wing-coverts and quills brown margined with pale fulvous, the inner web of all the quills largely pale rufous; lores brown; a ring round the eye and a line above and below the lores fulvous white; ear-coverts greyish brown; chin and throat pale fulvous white, with a few brown spots on the lower throat; remainder of lower plumage fulvous grey, with a few brown streaks on the breast; under wing-coverts and axillaries rufous.

Bill dusky above, yellowish beneath; feet pale yellow-brown (Jerdon).

Length about 7; tail 2.6; wing 4.1; tarsus .9; bill from gape .65.

Distribution. A permanent resident throughout Sind and the northern part of the Punjab, ranging west to the Persian Gulf.

Habits, &c. Breeds in April, May, and June, making its nest oil the ground and surrounding it with a circle of small pieces of stone. The eggs, three or four in number, resemble those of A. phoenicura and measure about .83 by .6.

The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.2 1890.
Title in Book: 
878. Ammomanes phoenicuroides
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
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Common name: 
Desert Finch Lark
Ammomanes deserti phoenicuroides
Vol. 2
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