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.