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Photo © by Alok Tewari
Malli Mirai, Dwarahat, Alt. 4300 ft., Dist. Almora, Uttarakhand Himalayas, India, April-2017
Emberiza lathami

Melophus lathami


Photo © by devendra bhardwaj
Jhalana Eco-Tourism Park, Jaipur, India, May 2008

16 cm (6¼ in)

  • Mainly black
  • Erect black crest
  • Chestnut wings and tail
  • Dark iris


Asia: found in China, Tibet, Nepal, Pakistan, India, Eastern and Western Himalayas, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Hong Kong
Southeast Asia: Indochina, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand.


This is a monotypic species[1].

Subspecies subcristatus is generally considered invalid[2].

Formerly placed in its own genus Melophus.


Photo © by S K Gudi
Hubli, Karnataka, India, January 2018

Rocky areas and scrubland, grassy hillsides and terraced cultivation. Open, thorny forests and forest edges.

Observed at heights around 3000-3500 ft.



Their diet consists mainly of grass and weed seeds, including spilt grain. They have also been seen flycatching.


Recording © by Alok Tewari

Malli Mirai, Dwarahat, Alt. 4300 ft., Dist. Almora, Uttarakhand Himalayas, India, April-2017
Male singing close to Sunset time. There was another male in the vicinity, as well, and they were engaged in territorial activity.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved May 2017)
  4. Wikipedia
  5. Haryana Online

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