Bengal Bush Lark
|Bengal Bush Lark|
|At Joka in Kolkata.|
Range and population
Habits and habitat
The Bengal Bush Lark is a common bird of dry, open, stony country often with sparse shrubbery, and cultivated areas. It nests on the ground, laying three or four speckled eggs. This lark feeds primarily on seeds and insects, especially the latter during the breeding season.
The differences within the genus Mirafra are often very subtle and confusing with many differences apparent only when specimens are examined in hand.
The Bengal Bush Lark was earlier classified into several races, the Bengal race assamica and the Madras race affinis. These were subsequently split, on the basis of diagnostic song and display characters, into the Jerdon's Bush Lark (Mirafra affinis) and assamica in the strict sense. Mirafra (assamica) assamica is dark-streaked grey above, and buff below, with spotting on the breast and behind the eye. The wings are rufous. Jerdon's Bushlark has paler, greyish-brown underparts. The song of Jerdon's Bush Lark is a dry rattle given from its perch, while that of M. (a.) assamica is a repetition of thin disyllabic notes, delivered in a song-flight.
- Compilers: Stuart Butchart, Helen Temple (2008). "Rufous-winged Lark - BirdLife Species Factsheet". Evaluators: Jeremy Bird, Stuart Butchart, Helen Temple. BirdLife International . Retrieved May 4, 2009.