Greater Hoopoe Lark is found in extreme desert environments and can survive in temperatures as high as 50 degrees Celsius. Greater Hoopoe Lark (Alaemon alaudipes) is a rare resident in the Little Rann of Kutch. It is too difficult to see this bird and one has to go deep inside the Rann for this. It is usually seen around the fringes of the ‘bets’ in the Rann.
Although the greater hoopoe-lark looks rather unremarkable when on the ground, when it is in flight it displays a striking wing pattern.The characteristic song of the greater hoopoe-lark consists of a series of melodious piping sounds and whistles.The greater hoopoe-lark uses its long, down-curved bill to dig termites, grasshoppers and other invertebrates out of the sand.
This lark is large, long-legged and slender-bodied with a distinctive down-curved bill. The face has dark markings including a line through the eye and whisker like-lines from the base of bill running under the eye. The breast is spotted and the underside is buffy white while the upper-parts are sandy grey. The female is slightly smaller with less prominent markings and the bill is slightly shorter. The hind claw is short and straight. The curved upper beak has the nostril opening exposed.The tongue is bifid at the tip
My favorite bird from LRK, it is rally hidden Gem of LRK because it is too difficult to find and same difficult to take image. it is so curious and playful, busy in none-stop running so it is difficult to take image.