871. Mirafra erythroptera.
The Red-winged Bush-Lark.
Mirafra erythroptera, Jerd. Madr. Journ. L. S. xiii, pt. 2, p. 136 (1844); Blyth, Cat. p. 133; Jerd. Ill. Ind. Orre. pl. 38; Horsf. & M. Cat. ii, p. 474 ; Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 418; Hume, N. & E. p. 475; Ball, S. F. vii, p. 223; Hume, Cat. no. 756; Barnes, Birds Bom. p. 274 ; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. xiii, p. 612; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. ii, p. 231.
Jungli aggia, Hind. ; Chinna eeli-jitta, Tel.
Coloration. The whole upper plumage fulvous-brown streaked with dark brown or black ; middle pair of tail-feathers pale brown margined with fulvous ; the others blackish, the outermost feather with the outer web entirely pale rufous, and the inner web tipped with the same colour; wing-coverts brown edged with fulvous ; quills brown with a large portion of both webs chestnut; lores and a supercilium pale fulvous ; cheeks and ear-coverts fulvous speckled with brown ; chin and throat whitish ; remainder of lower plumage pale fulvous, the breast spotted with triangular marks of brown or black ; -under wing-coverts pale rufous.
Bill horny brown above, fleshy below; legs flesh-colour; iris hazel (Butler).
Length about 5.5 ; tail 2.1; wing 3 ; tarsus .85 ; bill from gape .65.
Distribution. The whole of India from the foot of the Himalayas to about the latitude of Nellore and east to the longitude of Calcutta. This Lark appears to be rare in Sind and the western parts of Rajputana and the Punjab.
Habits, &c. Breeds from March to September. The eggs, four or five in number, are speckled with various shades of red and brown, and measure about .76 by .59.