102. Amaurornis akool.
THE BROWN CRAKE.
Male 10 1/2" to 12"; 4 to 6 oz. Female 10" to 11 1/3"; 3 1/2 to 5 oz. Legs dull lake-red. Bill green.— Male: Head black. Above olive-brown. Wings and tail dusky. Under-tail deep brown.— Female: The same, but without the black on head and the chin clearly white. Rather a Moorhen than a Rail. Resident in N. India, and met with throughout India generally, the N, Khasi Hills, and in China. Breeds twice in the monsoon. Four to eight eggs (1.49 x 1.1), pinkish with red-brown spots. (J. 908. B. 1400. H. & M. ii. 217.)
Also the genus Limnobaenus. Three species— L. phaeopygus, from Liu-Kiu Archipelago ; L. paykulli, 8 1/2", from E. Siberia, China, Malay Peninsula, Java, and Borneo; and L. marginalis, 9", from W. Africa.
Bill swollen at base.