876. Galerita malabarica

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.

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: 
876. Galerita malabarica
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
CatNo: 
876
Year: 
1890
Page No: 
352
Common name: 
Malabar Crested Lark
M_ID: 
21782
M_CN: 
Malabar Lark
M_SN: 
Galerida malabarica
Volume: 
Vol. 2
id: 
1196

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