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Greater Hoopoe-lark
Greater Hoopoe-lark

One of my favorite sighting of my Little Rann of Kutch trip in 2009. To get this ground level shot of this swift bird, we almost were grounded patiently chasing this bird for 20 odd minutes. Truly a treat to watch and photograph this birdy. The Greater Hoopoe-lark or Hoopoe Lark, is a passerine bird which is a breeding resident of arid, desert and semi-desert regions.

This lark is large, long-legged and slender-bodied with a distinctive down-curved bill. The face has dark markings including a line through the eye and whisker like-lines from the base of bill running under the eye. The breast is spotted and the underside is buffy white while the upper-parts are sandy grey. The female is slightly smaller with less prominent markings and the bill is slightly shorter. The hind claw is short and straight. The curved upper beak has the nostril opening exposed. The tongue is bifid at the tip. Birds are seen singly or in pairs as they forage by running or walking in spurts, probing and digging the ground. They have been recorded to feed on the fruiting bodies of certain fungi. The breeding season in mainly after the first rains, in India most records are from March to July.

Disclamer: 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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