(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.