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Ashy crowned sparrow lark (Eremopterix griseus) complete detail

Ashy crowned sparrow lark (Eremopterix griseus) complete detail. Description of  Ashy crowned sparrow lark (Eremopterix griseus). Classification of  Ashy crowned sparrow lark (Eremopterix griseus). Habit and habitat of Ashy crowned sparrow lark. They prefer open dry habitats. They found in stubble, scrub, plains in open land with bare ground, grass, waste-land, riverside sand and tidal flats on the coast.
The bill of ashy crowned sparrow lark is small, strong and greyish light black. Legs are short and greyish brown. Cheeks and sides of breast are brownish white. Male has dark chocolate-brown sides of face and most of under-parts. The tail is dark brown with whitish brown outer feathers. Head is paler, but look-like dark brown to black. Female is slightly paler than the male and their brown plumage are better camouflaged than the male………..
Nesting and breeding season is between February to September. They feed on various types of seeds and insects. Nest is a compact depression under a tuft of grass in the ground lined with grass and hair with some pebbles arranged on the edge.

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Distinctive Identification

Ashy crowned sparrow lark is a small sparrow. Size between 11 cm. to 14 cm. The bill of ashy crowned sparrow lark is small, strong and greyish light black. Legs are short and greyish brown.

They has a perfectly camouflaged plumage. Male is sandy brown overall with a black belly, chin, lower lores and eye stripe, they are well marked with a contrasting black-and-white face pattern.

Cheeks and sides of breast are brownish white. Male has dark chocolate-brown sides of face and most of under-parts.

The tail is dark brown with whitish brown outer feathers. Head is paler, but look-like dark brown to black. Female is slightly paler than the male and their brown plumage are better camouflaged than the male.

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Classification

Common Name – Ashy crowned sparrow lark

Local Name – Deoli / Deora

Zoological Name – Eremopterix griseus

Kingdom – Animalia

Phylum – Chordata

Class – Aves

Order – Passeriformes

Family – Alaudidae

Genus – Eremopterix

Conservational Status – Schedule – IV, according to wildlife (Protection) act, 1972 and classified as Least Concern (LC) by the IUCN.

Distribution

Found in India, south of Himalayan foothills to Sri Lanka extending to the Indus river system in the west and to Assam in the east and moves during the rains; uncommon in heavy rainfall areas. They prefer sparsely scrubbed or semi barren waste land, fields, open cultivated land.

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Habit and habitat

Ashy crowned sparrow lark prefer open dry habitats. They found in stubble, scrub, plains in open land with bare ground, grass, waste-land, riverside sand and tidal flats on the coast.

They found in pairs or small groups and form larger flocks in winter and roost at night on the ground, making small depressions in the soil.

They feed on various types of seeds and insects. Nesting and breeding season is between February to September in southern India and May to June in Sri Lanka.

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Nest is a compact depression under a tuft of grass in the ground lined with grass and hair with some pebbles arranged on the edge. Eggs 2-3, both males and female incubate the eggs. The incubation period is between 13 to 15 days.

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