Melanocorypha bimaculata, Menet.
761ter. :- Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 195.
Length, 7 to 8 ; expanse, 13 to 15.25 ; wing, 4.2 to 4.8 ; tail, 2.12 to 2.4 ; tarsus, 1; bill at front, 0.6 to 0.7 ; bill at gape, 0.7 to 0.9.
Bill horny-brown, beneath yellowish; irides brown; legs yellowish-fleshy.
" Adult male in summer plumage. Above fulvous-brown, the centres of the plumes much darker-brown, giving a somewhat mottled appearance, all the feathers being edged with fulvous, especially on the hinder part of the neck and the centre of the back; wing-coverts colored like the back, but a little more rufous, plainly edged with fulvous, less distinct on the greater-coverts ; quills brown with a slight shade of ash-grey on the outer webs ; all the feathers more or less narrowly-edged with fulvous, but none of the feathers tipped white ; tail dark-brown, with conspicuous white tips to all the feathers except the two central ones; all the rectrices edged more or less broadly with fulvous; lores and a distinct eyebrow whitish; cheeks fulvous-white with a slight mottling with rufous; ear-coverts entirely rufous ; throat, breast, and flanks, rufous; a black pectoral gorget extending right across the lower part of the throat; on the upper part of the breast are a few indistinct mottled lines below the black gorget; under tail-coverts whitish ; under wing-coverts entirely greyish-brown.
" Obs. :- Some specimens are much greyer than others; others again are more rufous ; some are more white on the belly, and have the breast much obscured, so that the pectoral gorget is scarcely discernible. This last dress seems to be the winter plumage.
" Young. :- Similar to the adult, but more rufous in the centre ; gorget, more obscure, and the stripes on the upper breast more indistinct." :- Sharpe and Dresser, Birds of Europe.
This fine Lark occurs in Upper Sind, and in the desert east of Oomercot.