1244. Ammomanes deserti phoenieuroides

(1244) Ammomanes deserti phoenicuroides Blyth.
THE INDIAN DESERT FINCH-LARK.
Ammomanes deserti phoenicuroides, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iii. p. 352.
This fine Lark occurs in the breeding season in North and Western Kashmir, Afghanistan and Baluchistan to the North-West Frontier Provinces, Punjab, Sind and the Mekran Coast. Magrath obtained its nest near Khar, on the North-West Frontier ; Cock, Buchanan and Rattray found it nesting freely around Nowshera in the Panjab, and it certainly also breeds in Sind. In Hume’s time Cock alone had taken the nest, which he described as follows :—“This Lark breeds in the low hills of the Peshawar Valley, Its nests are abundant in the hills near Nowshera. May and June are the nesting months. The nest is placed under a shelf of rook or flat stone upon the ground and is constructed of grass-stalks lined with fine roots, and the bird piles up little pieces of flat stone all round the nest, just as I have observed P. grisea do in that neighbourhood. The eggs resemble those of P. grisea, only they are much larger. Three seems to be the usual number, but I think I once took four eggs out of one neat.”
Whitehead says that it is “resident and abundant on stony wastes and hill-sides up to 3,000 feet” in the Kohat and Kurram Valleys, but he did not find the nest.
In Sind Ticehurst writes (Ibis, 1023, p. 19) it ‘‘is the Lark of the stony hills, which, running from Jacobabad in the North, form an almost unbroken chain to the sea at Cape Henze, and in places is very common. Here it is found right at the foot-hills, and I have seen it up to about 1,500 feet.
“Barnes says it breeds from April to June, and this, I think, is correct ; during the breeding season the pairs are very scattered and the nests are hard to locate.”
My small series of eggs shows them to be exactly like those of the preceding bird.
Sixteen eggs average 22.1 x 16.4 mm. : maxima 23.2 x 17.0 mm. ; minima 19.8 x 15.0 mm. ; this last is from an abnormally small clutch taken by Magrath.

BookTitle: 
The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Reference: 
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 3. 1934.
Title in Book: 
1244. Ammomanes deserti phoenieuroides
Spp Author: 
Blyth.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1244
Year: 
1934
Page No: 
183
Common name: 
Indian Desert Finch Lark
M_ID: 
21644
M_SN: 
Ammomanes deserti phoenicuroides
Volume: 
Vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
14320

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