Pyrrhulauda Smith, 111. Zool. S. Africa, pt. vi (1839). Type, Pyrrhulauda australis Smith.
The genus Pyrrhulauda contains certain small Pinch-Larks in which the sexes are dissimilar.
In this genus the bill is very short and deep with the culmen well rounded; the nostrils are densely covered with plumelets; the wing has ten primaries, of which the first is very small, not exceeding the primary coverts, and the second, third and fourth are longest and subequal; the hind claw is short and well curved.
Key to Species.
A. Lower surface blackish.
a. Forehead and crown ashy-brown………..P. grisea, , p. 358.
b. Forehead white, crown blackish………..P. frontalis, p. 355.
B. Lower plumage not blackish.
c. Upper plumage greyish-brown ………..P. grisea, p. 354.
d. Upper plumage sandy-grey………..P. frontalis, p. 356.