French: Ammomane à queue rouge German: Rotschwanzlerche Spanish: Terrera colirroja
Vindhya Hills between Benares and Gurrah Mundela on the Narbudda, India
NE Pakistan (probably irregular) and most of India (except NW, N & NE).
c. 16 cm. Rather robust and quite strong-billed, fairly dark and featureless lark. Adult is plain dark brown-grey above, faint paler supercilium; wings dark grey-brown with... read more
Song, from ground or low perch such as rock, or in low flight, 2–3 simple notes, given one at... read more
Dry, open habitats with sparse vegetation; often found together with other species, such as ... read more
Food and feeding
Food poorly studied: seeds, for instance of grasses and cereals, and invertebrates, e.g. beetles (Coleoptera). Forages on ground.
Feb–May, chiefly Mar and Apr. Male song flight of brief duration, at low level, undulating on horizontal flightpath, similar to that... read more
Mostly sedentary; apparently somewhat nomadic in non-breeding season.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common; common in N part of Indian range. No population estimates. Status in Pakistan uncertain; possibly only erratic visitor during monsoon... read more
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