Mirafra erythroptera, Jerdon.
756. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. 117 P. 418; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. III, p. 499; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 418; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 192 ; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India ; Ibis, 1885, p. 129.
THE RED-WINGED BUSH LARK.
Length, 5.5; wing, 3.2 ; tail, 2 ; tarsus, 0.92 ; bill at front, 0.4.
Bill fleshy-horny, dusky on culmen; irides dark-brown; legs fleshy.
Upper parts streaked, the centres of the feathers being dusky-brown, and the edges fulvous-brown, rufescent on the head; coronal feathers lengthened ; a whitish eye-streak ; ear-feathers rufescent-brown; beneath, the throat is pure white, and the rest of the plumage pale fulvescent-whitish ; the breast marked with large oval blackish spots ; primaries and secondaries ferruginous on both webs, except towards the tip, the dusky portion gradually increasing to the outermost feathers ; tail blackish, the four middle feathers brown, and the outermost only whitish on its outer web.
The Red-winged Bush Lark is a common permanent resident in all parts of the Presidency; it is, however, somewhat locally distributed.
It breeds during March and April and again in August and September; the nest, generally domed, is composed of grass stems. The eggs, usually three in number, (occasionally four), are oval in shape, and greenish, brownish or yellowish-white in color, profusely spotted with brownish-red, inky-purple or olive-brown. They average 0.76 inches in length by 0.59 in breadth.