Erythra phoenicura, Penn.
907 :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 720 ; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. IV, p. 21 ; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 431 ; Gallinula phoenicura, Penn. ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 263.
THE WHITE-BREASTED WATER HEN.
Length, 12.75 ; expanse, 21 ; wing, 6.5 ; tail, 2.5 ; tarsus, 2.5 ; bill at front, 1.5.
Bill greenish-yellow ; culmen orange ; irides blood-red; legs greenish.
Above black with greenish reflections, especially on the wing-coverts ; chin, throat, and breast, pure white ; lower abdomen, vent, and under tail-coverts, deep chesnut.
The White-breasted Water Hen occurs in suitable localities throughout our limits ; it is a permanent resident, breeding about August, The rest is placed in a variety of situations. In bamboo clumps, amongst reeds and rushes, upon the ground, and even upon trees. The eggs, four or five in number, are oval in shape, pointed somewhat at one end ; in color they are pale pinkish-stone, more or less profusely streaked and blotched with pale reddish-purple. They measure 1.6 inches in length by about 1.18 in breadth.