Monday, June 3, 2013

Oriental Skylark (Alauda gulgula)


Locally common breeding resident, inhabiting grasslands, dry paddy fields and open country mainly in dry zone lowlands. Visits wet zone and breeds rarely in the hills.  It lives on ground in pairs or as small flocks and never perching on trees but on low stumps, stone walls etc. It feeds on insects like grasshoppers and also seeds of grasses and weeds.  The small crest on fore crown, which normally down and erects when excited can be used to distinguished Oriental skylark from bit similar but stockier and browner Jerdon’s Bushlark.  The breeding season is from March to July and it lays 1-3 eggs in a nest made out of grass and fibers in a small hollow on ground usually under a small tuft of grass or shrub.

3 comments:

  1. what is the commen name ..is this ''Kirala''.

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  2. Bindi
    There is not common Sinhala name for it as far as I am aware among our folks. But two coined names (Peradhigu Ahasritta/Indiyanu Gomaritta ) are used by some ornithologists in their publications. No it is not Kirala. Following blog posts direct you to few birds of Sri Lanka having name 'Kirala' with some other adjectives. http://biodiversityofsrilanka.blogspot.com/search?q=kirala

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