876. Galerita malabarica.
The Malabar Crested Lark.
Alauda malabarica, Scop. Del. Flor. et Faun. Insubr. ii, p. 94 (1786); Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 436. Spizalauda malabarica (Scop.), Hume, N. & E. p. 483; id. Cat. no. 765 bis; Davison, S. F. x, p. 405; Barnes, Birds Bom. p. 282. Alauda (Spizalauda) malabarica, Scop. Blanf. S. F. iv, p. 241. Galerita malabarica (Scop.), Sharpe, Cat. B. M. xiii, p. 633; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. ii, p. 237.
The Crested Malabar Lark, Jerd.
Coloration. Resembles G. deva very closely, but is considerably larger, has the streaks on the breast very broad and coarse and the light pattern of the tail much deeper rufous.
Iris dark brown; legs and feet livid flesh; bill horny brown above, whitish flesh below (Butler).
Length nearly 7; tail 2.3; wing 3.8; tarsus .85; bill from gape .7.
Distribution. A permanent resident in the western part of the peninsula of India from Guzerat to Travancore, occurring up to the summit of the hill-ranges of those parts.
Habits, &c. Breeds from March to September, having two broods. The mode of nidification of this species appears to be quite the same as that of G. deva, but the eggs are larger and more distinctly marked and measure about .87 by .65.