2023. Amaurornis phoenicurus insularis

(2023) Amaurornis phoenicurus insularis.

THE ANDAMAN WHITE-BREASTED WATER-HEN.,

Amaurornis insularis Sharpe, Cat. B. M, xxiii, p. 162 (1894) (Andamans). Amaurornis phoenicurus. Blanf, & Oates, iv, p. 173 (part,).

Vernacular names. None recorded.

Description. This is the darkest of all the Indian forms and has the white on the forehead more extensive. The breast is a blackish-grey with very little olive tint.

Measurements. Wing 157 to 173 mm ; culmen 37 to 44 mm.

Distribution. Andamans only.

Nidification. Osmaston obtained a fine series of eggs of this form during June and July; most of the nests were in grass and rushes in swamps but others were on low thick bushes two or three feet from the ground. Fifty eggs average 40.8 x 31.0 mm.: maxima 43.0 x 32.0 and 40.8 x 32.2 mm.; minima 37.2 x 31.0 and 39.5 x 29.0 mm. They number three to five, in one instance six.

Habits. Those of the species.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds(second Edition)
Reference: 
Baker, EC S (1922–1930) The fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Second edition. vol.6 1929.
Title in Book: 
2023. Amaurornis phoenicurus insularis
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
2023
Year: 
1929
Page No: 
25
Common name: 
Andaman White Breasted Water Hen
M_ID: 
3626
M_SN: 
Amaurornis phoenicurus insularis
Volume: 
Vol. 6
id: 
4800

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