2023. Aamurornis phoenieurus insularis

(2023) Aamurornis Phoenicurus insularis Sharpe.
THE ANDAMAN WHITE-BREASTED WATER-HEN.
Amaurornis phoenicurus insularis, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed, vol. vi, p. 25.
This race of the Water-Hen is found only in the Andamans and does not, apparently, occur in the Nicobars. 
The only account of its nidification is that given by Osmaston (Journ. Bomb. Nat. Hist. Soc. vol. xvii, p. 489, 1906), who says :— “It frequents thick jungle far from water, as well as brushwood near streams and swamps. I found many nests in June and July, containing as a rule 4 eggs in each.” Later Osmaston sent me a magnificent series of the eggs, together with some additional notes. In most coses the nests were found hidden in the grass and rushes in the swamps, raised just above the water but, in others, they were built some 3 feet from the ground in thick bushes at the edge of the swamp. All the eggs sent to me were taken in June and July, while the clutches numbered anything from three to six. Four was, perhaps, the usual number, but there were also several sets of five and six. They cannot be distinguished from the eggs of the other races.
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 35.9 x 29.0 mm.
The eggs, as shown by the above figures, average broader than those of the common Indian bird, though this difference is not visibly conspicuous.

BookTitle: 
The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Reference: 
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 4. 1935.
Title in Book: 
2023. Aamurornis phoenieurus insularis
Spp Author: 
Sharpe.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
2023
Year: 
1935
Page No: 
304
Common name: 
Andaman White Breasted Water Hen
M_ID: 
3626
M_SN: 
Amaurornis phoenicurus insularis
Volume: 
Vol. 4
id: 
15213

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