1246. Erimopterix albifrons afflnis

(1246) Erimopterix albifrons affinis (Blyth).
THE INDIAN BLACK-CROWNED FINCH-LARK.
Pyrrhulauda frontalis affinis. Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iii, p. 355, Erimopterix albifrons affinis, ibid. vol. viii, p. 665.
This little Finch-Lark is found in Sind and the Punjab as far East as the Jumna.
Although several ornithologists, among them Bulkly, Lindsey Smith, Eates and, I believe, Bell, have taken the nests of this bird in Sind since Hume’s ‘Nests and Eggs' was written I can find nothing recorded. I therefore quote Hume’s notes in full:—
* Pyrrhulauda grisea siecata Ticehurst, Bull. B. O, C, vol. xlv, p. 87 (March 1925) : Deesa, Rajputana.
“Mr. Scrope Doig found the nest of this species in Sind. He says :— 'This bird, wherever there are sand-drifts, is very common and is never, so far as my experience goes, found in company with P. grisea. They breed at the end of February and beginning of March, at the end of May and commencement of June, and again in the end of August and beginning of September. One breeding place I found in this latter month was situated away from the Narra, some 10 miles out in the desert near some salt deposits, and where evidently rain had fallen, as there was a considerable growth of grass. The nests were very similar to those of P. grisea both in size and description, and were invariably placed at the root of some tuft of grass, on the North side, evidently to be sheltered from the hot wind. In this place I collected over forty eggs. They are very similar to those of P. grisea, perhaps, as a rule, more boldly marked, and some of them had well-defined rings of colour round the larger end. The normal number of eggs is two.’” Hume’s series of eggs do not seem to me to he in any way dis¬tinguishable from those of the two race of E. grisea, but possibly are more often zoned at the larger end.
Eggs in my own collection, taken in May, are matched by many eggs of E. grisea.
Hume gives the measurements of his eggs as varying in length between 17.3 and 20.8 mm. ; while in breadth the extremes are 12.7 and 14.7 mm.
All my eggs come within these measurements, and thirty average 10.2 x 13.8 mm.

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: 
1246. Erimopterix albifrons afflnis
Spp Author: 
Blyth.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1246
Year: 
1934
Page No: 
186
Common name: 
Indian Black Crowned Finch Lark
M_ID: 
21847
M_SN: 
Eremopterix nigriceps affinis
Volume: 
Vol. 3
id: 
14325

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