Spizalauda deva, Sykes.
765. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 432 ; Butler, Deccan ; Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 418 ; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India; Ibis, 1885, p. 130.
THE SMALL CROWN CREST LARK.
Length, 5.5 to 5.75 ; wing, 3.4 ; tail, 2 ; bill at front, 0.5 ; tarsus, 0.75.
Bill horny-brown, yellowish beneath; irides dark-brown; feet fleshy-brown.
Upper part, including the crest, isabelline or rufous-brown, with black mesial streaks; upper tail-coverts rufescent without streaks; the first long primary broadly edged with rufescent, and the outermost tail-feathers and most of the penultimate of the same hue, with a few dusky striae on the breast, and paling on the throat.
The Small Crown Crest Lark is a common permanent resident in the Deccan, and is also common at Mhow and Neemuch, Central India.
It breeds from July to September, making a small cup-shaped nest on the ground, in a slight depression, under a tuft of grass. The eggs, two or three in number, are moderately broad ovals in shape, of a dull white color, profusely spotted, speckled, and blotched with dull yellowish-brown and dingy inky-purple. They measure 0.87 inches in length and about 0.65 in breadth.