Certhilauda desertorum, Stan.
770. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 438; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 199.
THE DESERT LARK.
Length, 9 ; wing, 5.25 ; tail, 2.12; tarsus, 1.38.
Bill horny, darker on culmen, and yellowish-white at base beneath ; irides brown ; legs sullied china-white.
Light isabella-grey above, more fulvescent on the scapulars, tertiaries, and two middle feathers, which are shaded with pale dusky along the middle ; lores, superciliary stripe, throat and belly white ; the breast feathers dusky, with broad whitish margins concealing the dark color within; ear-coverts blackish at the tips; wings deep dusky-black ; primaries and secondaries pure white at base; the shorter primaries are also white tipped, and the small wing-coverts margined with pale rufescent ; tail, except the two middle feathers, deep dusky black, the outermost feathers having their narrow outer web almost wholly white, and the penultimate with a narrow- white edge on the outer web. The colors of the female are duller.
The Desert Lark is found in desert and sandy tracts in Sind