1233. Mirafra assamica afiinis

(1233) Mirafra assamica affinis Jerdon.
THE MADRAS BUSH-LARK.
Mirafra assamica affinis, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd. ed. vol. iii, p. 339.
This subspecies is found in Ceylon and in India South of the range of the preceding bird.
As regards India there is very little on record, Tiokell’s note is to the effect: “Nest ordinary of grasses, 4 inches in diameter, placed on the ground under shelter of clods, tufts of grass etc., in fallow fields or in open patches in jungle. Eggs three or four,” Jerdon records that “It breeds on the ground, making a loose nest of grass, and lays three or four eggs.”
In Travancore Bourdillon and Stewart took nests in March, April and May.
Nests and nesting sites resemble those of the Bengal Bush-Lark and call for no further remark. In Ceylon also there is nothing to note about its neat, except that it is worthy of notice that Phillips took nests close to, if not in, marshy places and that these were both of the domed and saucer-shaped types.
The breeding season in Southern India seems to be from March to May, but further knowledge of its breeding habits may extend this time. In Ceylon Jenkins, Phillips and Wait have taken eggs in every month from January to September.
In India three or four eggs are laid in a clutch, but in Ceylon never more than three and generally two only. In appearance they cannot be distinguished from those of the Northern race.
Fifty eggs average 20.6 x 15.5 mm. : maxima 23.1 x 15.8 and 21.9 x 16.0 mm. ; minima 18.9 x 15.7 and 19.5 x 14.9 mm.

BookTitle: 
The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Reference: 
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 3. 1934.
Title in Book: 
1233. Mirafra assamica afiinis
Spp Author: 
Jerdon.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1233
Year: 
1934
Page No: 
174
Common name: 
Madras Bush Lark
M_ID: 
21496
M_CN: 
Jerdon's Bush Lark
M_SN: 
Mirafra affinis
Volume: 
Vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
14307

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