Mirafra cantillans, Jerd.
757. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 420; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. III, p. 499 ; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India; Ibis, 1885, p. 129.
THE SINGING BUSH LARK.
Length, 5.5; expanse, 10; wing, 2.9 ; tail, 2; bill at front, 0.5. Bill dusky-horny, fleshy beneath; irides dark-brown; legs fleshy-brown.
Above dusky-brown, the feathers laterally margined with rufescent-brown ; wings and their coverts strongly margined with rufescent-brown; a pale eye-streak ; throat and below the ear-coverts white, and the rest of the under parts pale rufescent, darker on the breast, with a few indistinct small breast spots; outer tail-feathers nearly all white, the penultimate white on the outer web only.
The Singing Bush Lark occurs in Guzerat, near Mhow, in Central India, and in the vicinity of Neemuch, Rajputana, but very locally distributed.
It is a permanent resident, breeding from March to July ; the nest, a domed one, is generally placed on the ground in a tuft of coarse grass.
The eggs, three or four in number, are scarcely distinguishable from those of M. erythroptera,.