Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Ashy-crowned Sparrow Lark

Ashy-crowned Sparrow Lark

The Ashy-crowned Sparrow-Lark (Eremopterix griseus) is also known as the Ashy-crowned Finch-lark or Black-bellied Finch-lark.

Ashy-crowned Sparrow Lark

It is a sparrow sized finch sized bird belonging to the Lark family.

Ashy-crowned Sparrow Lark

The males and females are distinct with the male having a sandy brown with black eye-stripes, chin and belly. They have a ashy head.

Ashy-crowned Sparrow Lark

Pictured here is the male. The female is paler and resembles the female house sparrow.

Ashy-crowned Sparrow LarkAshy-crowned Sparrow Lark

It is found in open land with bare ground, grass and scrub areas. They usually occur in pairs or small groups, foraging on the ground looking for seeds and insects.

Ashy-crowned Sparrow Lark

When disturbed they usually fly onto wires, but they almost never sit on bushes or trees. They also roost at night on the ground, making small depressions in the soil.

Ashy-crowned Sparrow Lark

The breeding season is not well defined and spread out but is usually before the rains mainly during February to September. Their nest is built in a depression under a tuft of grass in the ground and lined with grass and hair with some pebbles arranged on the edge. They usually lay a clutch of 2 to 3 eggs and both males and female incubate the eggs.