(1960) Arborophila torqueola millardi.
THE SIMLA HILL-PARTRIDGE.
Arboricola torqueola millardi Stuart Baker, Bull. B. O. C, xli, p. 101 (1921) (Koteghur). Arboricola torqueola. Blanf. & Oates, iv, p. 126 (part.).
Vernacular names. Roli, Ram-chukra (Chamba); Peora, Ban-titur (Hind.).
Description.— Adult male. Differs from A. t. torqueola in having the chestnut of the crown less bright and darker; the breast is neither so dark nor pure a grey and is tinged with ashy; the abdomen is nearly always strongly suffused with rufous.
Colours of soft parts as in the other races.
Measurements. Wing, 150 to 161 mm., 144 to 15 mm.
Female differs from that of the last bird in having the chestnut of the throat much paler, the breast a paler and much more rufous-grey.
Distribution. Simla Hills, extending North and West into Chamba, Kullu and the Kangra Valley.
Nidification. A nest from which nine eggs were taken for Whistler is described as having been built in a round hole in a bank about 8 1/2 " in diameter lined with grass, making a nest about 6" in diameter. The eggs were taken on the 2nd May at an elevation of about 8,500 feet. The nest was almost in the open, but very carefully hidden and the entrances always closed with grass in the birds' absence and it was built close to ample undergrowth.
Habits. Apparently breeds between 9,000 and 10,000 feet but at other times occurs as low as 5,000 feet. Voice, flight etc. are exactly like those of the preceding race.