Small sparrow-sized bird with a dark black chest and belly; male Ashy-crowned Sparrow-lark.
Photo and observation by Dr. Ravi Rajasingh
Male of a pair feeding in the dry scrub-grassland outside The Pugmark Resort, Village Khilchipur, Ranthambhore, Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan, India.
The Ashy-crowned Sparrow-Lark (Eremopterix griseus) also known as the Ashy-crowned Finch-lark or Black-bellied Finch-lark is a small sparrow sized member of the lark family. It is found in the plains in open land with bare ground, grass and scrub across South Asia. The males are well marked with a contrasting black-and-white face pattern, while females are sandy brown, looking similar to a female sparrow. Males are easily detected during the breeding season by the long descending...