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Ashy-crowned Sparrow-Lark (female)
Ashy-crowned Sparrow-Lark (female)

The “Ashy-crowned Sparrow-Lark” 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 whistle that accompanies their undulating and dive-bombing flight displays.

Sparrow sized with a finch-like bill and short legs, these birds are usually seen sitting on the ground, and although they will sometimes perch on wires they do not perch in trees or bushes. The male is sandy brown overall with a black belly, chin, lower lores and eye stripe. The top of the head is ashy (although the base of these crown feathers are dark). The female is pale brown and very similar to a female House Sparrow, although the legs are much shorter and appearing stockier and shorter-necked (as in this photograph).

These larks are found in pairs or small groups and form larger flocks in winter. They forage on the ground for seeds and insects. When disturbed they will sometimes crouch and take to flight. They will take fallen grains in fields. They roost at night on the ground, making small depressions in the soil.

Disclaimer: This photograph is taken in the natural habitat. Incase if anybody needs the copy of this picture, please contact me. © All Rights Reserved by Yogesh Rane (www.junglebook.co.in / www.yogeshrane.com)

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