Genus PYRRHULAUDA

The genus Pyrrhulauda contains those Finch-Larks in which the sexes are very different, the males being black beneath and the females rufous or white.

In Pyrrhulauda the bill is very short and deep, with the culmen well rounded; the nostrils are densely covered with plumelets ; the wing has ten primaries, the first very small and not exceeding the primary-coverts, the second reaching to the tip of the wing ; the hind claw is very short and curved.

The Larks of this genus affect open country and they take short flights, ascending and descending suddenly. They occasionally perch on houses and trees.

Key to the Species.

a. Lower surface blackish.
a1. Forehead and crown ashy brown, margined with pale grey…………………P. grisea p. 341.
b1. Forehead white, crown blackish…………………P. melanauchen p. 343,
b. Lower plumage pale rufous or whitish.
c1. General aspect of upper plumage brown; wing 2.9…………………P. grisea p. 341.
d1. General aspect of upper plumage sandy; wing 3.1 or 3.2…………………P. melanauchen p. 343.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Reference: 
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.2 1890.
Title in Book: 
Genus PYRRHULAUDA
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1890
Page No: 
341
M_ID: 
21826
M_SN: 
Eremopterix
Volume: 
Vol. 2
Term name: 
id: 
1200

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