Pyrrhulauda grisea, Scop.
760. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 424 ; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. Ill, p. 499 ; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 418 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 193 ; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India ; Ibis, 1885, p. 130.
THE BLACK-BELLIED FINCH LARK.
Dabbalc Churi, Hin.
Length, 5 ; expanse, 10 ; wing, 3 ; tail, 1.95 ; bill at front, 0.36.
Bill pale homy ; irides dark-brown ; legs fleshy.
Male : above pale brownish-grey, the feathers slightly cen¬tred darker, somewhat rufescent on the back ; forehead and cheeks whitish ; wings and tail brown, the feathers all pale edged, and a deep brown or black band from the base of bill through the eyes, continued to the occiput; chin and throat, sides of neck (extending at right angles behind the ear-coverts and thus taking the form of a cross), breast and lower parts deep chocolate-brown or black ; sides of breast, of abdomen, and the flanks, whitish, bordering the dark color.
The female wants the black on the lower parts ; the plumage is darker, and more rufescent above ; the breast faintly streaked with brown, and earthy on the flanks, sides of breast, and neck. She is a rather smaller bird measuring only 4.75 inches in length.
The Black-bellied Finch Lark is a common permanent resident throughout the region, breeding the whole year through.
The nest, which is a mere pad of grass, is placed in a depression on the ground. The eggs, two in number, rarely three, are moderately elongated ovals in shape, of a greenish or yellowish-white color, densely speckled and spotted with various shades of yellowish and earthy-brown. They measure 0.73 by 0.55.