Nov 30 2011
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Black-crowned Sparrow-larks (Eremopterix nigriceps) are rare residents in Western India, mainly the dry scrub and grassland areas in Rajasthan and Gujarat. Tal Chapar Wildlife Sanctuary (in Churu district, Rajasthan) is one of the places where they breed. It was early April and the juvenile had already fledged, taking short flights over a couple of feet at a time. The most-used defence tactic was lying still in order to avoid being detected. The parents were still showering a lot of attention on the juvenile. The female would come along and feed the juvenile, and herself once in a while. The male would perch on the tallest bush and keep watch.

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