865. Calandrella acutirostris.
Hume's Short-toed Lark.
Calandrella acutirostris, Hume, Lah. to Yark. p. 265 (1873); Sharpe, Cat. B. M. xiii, p. 585. Calandrella brachydactyla (Leisl.), Scully, S. F. iv, p. 172; Biddulph, Ibis, 1881, p. 88 (pt.), 1882, p. 285 (pt.).
Coloration. Resembles C. brachydactyla, but has the upper plumage decidedly tinged with ashy ; the extent of light colour on the inner web of the outermost tail-feather of very small extent, much less than an inch in length; and a much more slender bill.
Bill dusky along ridge of upper mandible, at tip, and along half of under surface of lower mandible; rest of bill yellowish horny ; iris brown; legs and feet brownish fleshy; claws dusky brown (Scully).
Length about 6; tail 2.5 to 2.8 ; wing 3.6 to 3.9; tarsus .85; bill from gape .6.
Distribution. Visits the plains of Upper India in the winter. I have examined specimens obtained at Delhi, Etawah, and Mughal Sarai. Summers in Afghanistan, Gilgit, and Turkestan.