(1243) Ammomanes phaenicura zarudnyi.
The Persian Rufous-tailed Finch-Lark.
Ammomanes cinctura zarudnyi Hartert, Bull. B. 0.0., xii, p. 43 (1902) (E. Persia).
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. A much smaller bird than the preceding one and distinguished at once by its much paler coloration, the lower parts being a creamy-rufous.
Colours of soft parts as in the Indian race.
Measurements. "5 mm. longer than in A. p. arenicolor, wing 92-97 mm." (Hartert).
Distribution. East Persia to Baluchistan. Two specimens with wings of 93 and 92 mm. sent me from Quetta, Baluchistan, are both of this race.
Nidification. Similar to that of the preceding form but it is more of a desert bird, breeding on rocky barren hillsides and stony wastes.
Habits. This race of Pinch-Lark keeps more exclusively to deserts and stony hillsides than the last and is but seldom seen in crops or cultivated country. With this exception its habits do not differ from those of the Indian form.