Deccan Plateau, India.
Until recently considered conspecific with C. brachydactyla, but molecular evidence places it as sister to C. acutirostris#R; this finding accepted here, and present species appears to differ in its longer wings (allow 1); deeper or shorter bill (allow 1); fulvous-washed breastband (1); heavier, darker streaking on upperparts (1); and melodious song distantly recalling Lullula arborea#R (allow 3). Monotypic.
Tibet, C & NE China, C & E Mongolia and Transbaikalia; winters S & E Asia.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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