Ammoperdix bonhami, Gray.
821. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 567; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 214; Game Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 45.
THE SEESEE PARTRIDGE.
Length, 9.5 to 11; expanse, 16 to 16.75 ; wing, 4.9 to 5.75 ; tail, 2 to 2.5; tarsus, 11 to 1.2 ; bill from gaape, 0.67 to 0.77 ; weight 7 to 8 oz.
Length, 9 to 9.75 ; expanse, 15 to 16.25 ; wing, 4.9 to 51; tail, 2 to 2.5 ; tarsus, 1.1 to 1.2 ; bill from gape, 0.62 to 0.71; weight, 5 3/4 to 8 oz.
Bill orange or brownish orange-red, inclined to be dusky on culmen; irides from bright yellow to orange-brown.
Male, above pale isabella-brownish, finely freckled with dusky; the crown of the head and cheeks grey ; forehead and a narrow line over the eye black; lores and ear-coverts silky-white, rufous posteriorly ; beneath this a narrow black line; rump and upper tail-coverts much speckled with black ; primaries dusky within, isabella-brown on the outer webs, with dusky pencillings, and all but the first barred on their outer webs with whitish; tail chesnut-brown, paler at the tip, and freckled with black; beneath, the throat is greyish-white, the breast delicate grey, and the sides of the neck grey with numerous white spots, and a few black specks; breast pale rufous isabelline or vinaceous ; the feathers of the flanks whitish, tinged with vinaceous, and dashed with rufous and dark-brown; lower tail-coverts pale chesnut.
The female wants the ashy crown of male, and is minutely mottled all over, both above and beneath.
The Seesee is not uncommon in precisely the same localities as those frequented by G. chukar.
It breeds at the same time, and in a similar manner to that bird. The eggs are not unlike those of O. pondiceriana, but are slightly-paler in color. They measure 1.36 inches in length by 1.1 in breadth.