Ashy-crowned sparrow lark is a medium size bird, mainly found in arid open land with bare ground, and grass in South Asia. In India (Bengali – মেটেচাঁদি চড়ুইভরত) this is called dabhak churi means crouching sparrow. The breeding season is from September to February. The nest contains 2 to 3 eggs which are incubated by both sexes.
The hatchling time is around 2 weeks and both males and females take care of the chick. The finch-like bill ashy-crowned sparrow-lark (Eremopterix griseus) is a member of the lark family. The small stocky short legs of birds usually sit on the ground, occasionally perching in trees or bushes and on electric wires.
The male is distinguished by having a black-and-white face pattern, however, the female is sandy brown just like the house sparrow. The male is with a black belly, head ashy chin, lower lores, and an eye stripe. The females are extremely hard to distinguish, as their legs are much shorter than males restricted to below 3,300 ft elevation from the Himalayas to Sri Lanka, India, and Pakistan.
Ashy-crowned sparrow larksmigrate from heavy rainfall regions. They are normally found in arid areas, semi-cultivation, wastelands, tidal mudflats, and riversides. These larks forge on the grounds, for insects, spiders, and seeds similar to other larks. In the winter, these are seen in small groups, or in pairs, sometimes in large flocks. The population is stable and does not reach the threshold of vulnerability.
This bird is also known as Ashy-crowned Finch Lark, Ashy-crowned Sparrow Lark, and Black-bellied Sparrow-Lark. Ashy-crowned sparrow lark song is often given in display flight, which is composed of monotone whistles interspersed with buzzy notes. However, typically some chirruping calls while sitting in the arid area.
Here you can listen to the Ashy-crowned Sparrow Lark call recorded in the arid area. The male was sitting alone on a small stone and anxiously looking for their mate. However, the low chirruping sounds are hard to spot.