Bird of the Day: Rufous-tailed Lark (Ammomanes phoenicura – Franklin, 1831)

Rufous-tailed Lark or Rufous-tailed Finch-Lark is a species of Lark found in drier open stony regions of India and Pakistan.
It was described by Major James Franklin in Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London. (1831) Pt1 no.10 p.119. It has two subspecies.
Rufous-tailed Lark (Ammomanes phoenicura)

  • Ammomanes phoenicura phoenicura (Franklin) 1831 PZS Pt1 no.10 p.119
  • Ammomanes phoenicura testacea Koelz 1951 Am.Mus.Novit. no.1510 p.3

Rufous-tailed Lark (Ammomanes phoenicura)

Ammomanes phoenicura testacea was described from Salem, Madras Presidency, India by Walter Koelz. Some authority does not consider Ammomanes phoenicura testacea as a valid subspecies now days.

Rufous-tailed Lark (Ammomanes phoenicura)

Rufous-tailed Lark frequents to open country of any kind so long as it is sufficiently dry; its favourite resorts, however, are dry ploughed fields and fields from which the crops have been cut but. in which the stubble is still standing. It feeds largely on grass-seeds but it also eats small grain freely and it has been recorded as frequenting fields of high-growing millet and feeding upon the ripe crop. Its song is pleasant but poor and ill-sustained and, such as it is, is uttered from the ground or from a bush or hillock. When displaying during the breeding-season it flutters almost straight into the air for a few feet and then descends, uttering a soft whistling note, its wings spread and feathers distended.

Gallery: Rufous-tailed Lark (Ammomanes phoenicura)

Further Reading on Rufous-tailed Lark (Ammomanes phoenicura):

  • Baker, ECS (1926). Fauna of British India. Birds. Volume 3 (2 ed.). London: Taylor and Francis. pp. 349–351.
  • Dickinson, E.C. & R.W.R.J. Dekker (2001). “Systematic notes on Asian birds. 11. A preliminary review of the Alaudidae”. Zool. Verh. Leiden 335: 61–84.
  • Dickinson, E.C., R.W.R.J. Dekker, S. Eck & S. Somadikarta (2001). “Systematic notes on Asian birds. 12. Types of the Alaudidae.”. Zool. Verh. Leiden 335: 85–126.
  • Hume, AO (1890). Oates. ed. The nests and eggs of Indian birds. Volume 2 (2 ed.). London: R H Proter. pp. 240–242.
  • Koelz, W (1951). “Four new subspecies of birds from southwestern Asia. American Museum novitates ; no. 1510”. American Museum Novitates 1510: 3.
  • Krys Kazmierczak; Ber van Perlo , (2000), Rufous-tailed Lark (Ammomanes phoenicurus), A FIELD GUIDE TO THE BIRDS OF THE INDIAN SUBCONTINENT; Yale University Press, : 186.
  • Oates, EW (1890). Fauna of British India. Volume 2. London: Taylor and Francis. pp. 339–340.
  • Ogilvie-Grant, WR (1912). Catalogue of the collection of Birds’s eggs in the British Museum. Volume 5. Taylor and Francis, London. p. 145.
  • Rasmussen PC & JC Anderton (2005). Birds of South Asia. The Ripley Guide. Volume 2. Smithsonian Institution & Lynx Edicions. p. 299-300.
  • Salim Ali; S Dillon Ripley , (1986), No. 882. Rufoustailed Finch-Lark (Ammomanes phoenicurus phoenicurus ) (Franklin), Handbook of the Birds of India and Pakistan; Oxford University Press, New Delhi, Volume 5 (Larks to Grey Hypocolius ): p. 14.
  • Salim Ali; S Dillon Ripley , (1986), No. 883. Rufoustailed Finch-Lark (Ammomanes phoenicurus testaceas) Koelz, Handbook of the Birds of India and Pakistan; Oxford University Press, New Delhi, Volume 5 (Larks to Grey Hypocolius ): p.16.
  • Vaurie, C (1951). A study of Asiatic larks. Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist.. 97. pp. 431–526.