951. Ammoperdix bonhami

951. SEESEE PARTRIDGE.
AMMOPERDIX BONHAMI.
Ammoperdix bonhami (Fraser), P.Z.S. 1843, p, 70 ; Gould, B. of A. vii. pl. 1 ; Dresser, vii. p. 117, pl. 472 ; Ogilvie Grant, Cat. B. Br. Mus. xxii. p. 123 ; Blanf. F. Brit. Ind. Birds, iv. p. 133 ; A. griseogularis (Brandt), Bull. Acad. St. Petersb. 1843, p. 278.
Sisi, Hindu.
Male ad. Crown ashy blue-grey, tinged with vinous behind ; forehead and a line passing over and behind the eye black ; lores and ear-coverts silky white, the latter rufous posteriorly ; upper parts pale isabelline grey, indistinctly barred and freckled with darker grey and creamy brown ; primaries dark brown, the outer web barred with buffy white ; middle tail-feathers like the back, the rest chestnut-red, becoming greyish towards the tip ; chin, sides of head, and throat blue-grey ; sides of neck ashy grey spotted with white ; breast pale vinous ; flank-feathers vinous grey margined with black and rich rufous, forming stripes ; abdomen greyish white tinged with pale rufous ; under tail-coverts pale rufous ; bill orange ; legs wax-yellow ; iris orange-brown. Culmen 0.62, wing 5.15, tail 2.5, tarsus 1.25 inch. The female lacks the blue-grey, white and black on the head, is generally browner and more variegated with rufous buff ; breast and flanks rufous buff narrowly barred with dark grey ; abdomen and under tail-coverts buffy white.
Hab. The Euphrates valley, south to Aden ; Transcaspia, Persia, Afghanistan, Turkestan, Baluchistan, and all the ranges of the Punjab and Sind, west of the Indus ; is said by Gould to occur in Tibet.
Affects bare stony and rocky localities in the hills, and is never found in the woods or amongst bushes. Generally it is found in pairs and only occasionally in winter in small coveys. Its flight resembles that of the Quail, and when it rises it utters a whistling note, but the ordinary note is a double one repeated several times. It breeds from April to June, making a slight nest on the ground often under a bush or between stones. The eggs, 8 to 12, are creamy white, and measure about 1.40 by 1.0

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 2. 1903.
Title in Book: 
951. Ammoperdix bonhami
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
951
Year: 
1903
Page No: 
680
Common name: 
Seesee Partridge
M_ID: 
1167
M_CN: 
See-see Partridge
M_SN: 
Ammoperdix griseogularis
Volume: 
Vol. 2
id: 
10769

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