Melanocorypha bimaculata

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.

Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
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Melanocorypha bimaculata
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Bimaculated Lark
Melanocorypha bimaculata

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