Galerida cristata, Lin.
769. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 436 ; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. IV, p. 2; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 198.
THE LARGE CRESTED LARK.
Length, 7.25 to 7.5 ; wing, 4 to 4.25 ; tail, 2.5 to 2.75 ; tarsus, 1 ; bill at front, 0.75.
Bill yellowish ; irides dark-brown; legs pale-brown.
Pale earthy or sandy-brown, rufescent on the feathers of the upper parts, with pale dusky mesial streaks ; the feathers of the crest alone, with dark-brown centres; wings somewhat rufescent; upper tail-coverts the same as are the lower surfaces of the wings and tail ; outermost tail-feathers rufescent white, the next with a border on its outer web, the four middle ones colored like the back, and the rest of the tail blackish ; supercilia and lower parts sullied white, with a few brown streaks on the breast.
The Large Crested Lark is a common permanent resident in Sind, and is not uncommon in Northern Guzerat. It breeds during April and May, in much the same way as the other larks. The eggs measure 0.87 inches in length by about 0.65 in breadth.