The Malabar lark, or Malabar crested lark (Galerida malabarica) is a sedentary breeding bird in western India.

This is a common bird of open country, cultivation and scrub, often at some altitude. It nests on the ground, laying two or three eggs. Its food is seeds and insects, the latter especially in the breeding season.



This is a smallish lark, slightly smaller than the skylark. It has a long spiky erectile crest. It is greyer than the skylark, and lacks the white wing and tail edges of that species, which is a winter visitor to India.

It is very similar to the crested lark, Galerida cristata, which breeds in northern India. It is smaller and dark-streaked reddish brown in plumage, whereas the crested lark is grey. The belly is white. The sexes are similar.

The Sykes's lark, or tawny lark, Galerida deva, is another Indian relative. That species also has reddish-brown plumage, but is smaller, shorter-billed, with a stiff upright crest and has plain rufous underparts.
Malabar Lark
Date Location Count
2020-11-25 07:00Gavdevi Mandir, Kharad-Malang1
2020-11-27 06:30Tata Dam, Lonavala6
2020-11-13 08:00Bhimashankar WLS1
2020-11-13 16:15Bhimashankar WLS--Blue Mormon Hotel1
2020-11-11 08:00Pabe ghat2
2020-11-19 07:00ARAI Hills (Vetal Tekdi)1
2020-11-17 13:00Bhor1
2020-11-05 17:27Assagao Village3
2020-11-26 06:30Socorro Plateau3
2020-11-15 15:14Divar Island2
2020-11-25 06:00Verna Industrial Estate Plateu3
2020-11-21 08:58Malyadi lake, Kundapura2
2020-11-24 08:54Barkur Wetlands -- Saasthana2
2020-11-24 07:11Barkur Wetlands -- Bobbarya Temple2
2020-11-14 17:15Kidoor5
2020-11-26 15:28Kuniyan Wetlands2
2020-11-26 07:00Madayi Para2
2020-11-27 06:30Kattampally2
2020-11-08 11:40Mullayangiri4
2020-11-03 07:33Bababudan Hills--Kemmengundi12
2020-11-28 07:00Komangalam wetland and adjacent woody zone, Koottanad2
2020-11-12 07:04Kalamassery--HMT Estate Area1
2020-11-14 18:43Masinagudi--Bamboo Banks2
2020-11-25 08:25Mattumala Hillock2
2020-11-08 16:34Chithali palam2