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Sykes’s Lark

Aug 09 2012

Sykes’s Lark (Galerida deva) Found in dry open country, this bird is identified from other crested larks by small size, prominent crest, pale rufous underparts, stout bill and less extensive streaking on the breast. It is found in Central and South India. I’ve observed adults feeding a fledgling very close to Bangalore, indicating that the bird breeds as far south as Bangalore (if not further South). This bird was photographed near Greater Rann of Kutch on December 31, 2011.

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Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark – Female feeding juvenile

Aug 06 2012

Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark (Eremopterix nigriceps) Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark is a rare resident of North Western India, found in dry habitats in Rajasthan and Gujarat. The male is distinguished from its more widespread cousin, the Ashy-crowned Sparrow-Lark by the black crown. The females can’t be told apart easily in the field. This bird was photographed at Tal Chapar Wildlife Sanctuary, Rajasthan on April 05, 2011.

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Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark – Male

Aug 06 2012

Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark (Eremopterix nigriceps) Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark is a rare resident of North Western India, found in dry habitats in Rajasthan and Gujarat. The male is distinguished from its more widespread cousin, the Ashy-crowned Sparrow-Lark by the black crown. The females can’t be told apart easily in the field. This bird was photographed at Tal Chapar Wildlife Sanctuary, Rajasthan on April 05, 2011.

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Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark – Male

Aug 06 2012

Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark (Eremopterix nigriceps) Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark is a rare resident of North Western India, found in dry habitats in Rajasthan and Gujarat. The male is distinguished from its more widespread cousin, the Ashy-crowned Sparrow-Lark by the black crown. The females can’t be told apart easily in the field. This bird was photographed at Tal Chapar Wildlife Sanctuary, Rajasthan on April 05, 2011.

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Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark – Male

Aug 06 2012

Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark (Eremopterix nigriceps) Black-crowned Sparrow-Lark is a rare resident of North Western India, found in dry habitats in Rajasthan and Gujarat. The male is distinguished from its more widespread cousin, the Ashy-crowned Sparrow-Lark by the black crown. The females can’t be told apart easily in the field. This bird was photographed at Tal Chapar Wildlife Sanctuary, Rajasthan on April 05, 2011.

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Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin

Aug 06 2012

Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin (Cercotrichas galactotes) This bird is a passage migrant through North-Western India, usually seen during the monsoon months. It inhabits dry scrub and is easily distinguished from other birds by the bright rufous tail (which is held upright from time to time). This bird was photographed at Tal Chapar Wildlife Sanctuary, Rajasthan on August 13, 2009

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Stoliczka’s Bushchat

Aug 06 2012

Stoliczka’s Bushchat or White-browed Bushchat (Saxicola macrorhynchus) The Stoliczka’s Bushchat is a rare resident of dry open areas, primarily in Rajasthan and Gujarat. The breeding plumage of this bird is a striking black and white, as against the brownish non-breeding plumage. Nothing is known about the breeding ecology of this bird. Another peculiarity of this bird is its “puff-and-roll” behavior, where it jumps to the ground from its perch, puffs its breast and walks around moving its breast sideways. It is believed to be a feeding strategy. This bird was photographed at Tal Chapar Wildlife Sanctuary, Rajasthan on July 20, 2011.

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