(2048) Burhinus oedicnemus astutus.
THE PERSIAN STONE-CURLEW.
Burhinus oedicnemus astutus Hartert, Nov. Zool., 1916, p. 93 (Fao, Persia). Oedicnemus scolopax. Blanf. & Oates, iv, p. 294.
Vernacular names. Karwanak, Barsiri (Hind.).
Description Similar to the preceding bird but much paler and generally with finer dark striations.
Colours of soft parts as in the other races.
Measurements. Wing 228 to 244 mm.; culmen 38 to 45 mm.
Distribution. Merv in Turkestan, Mesopotamia, Persia to Fao and the Persian Gulf, Mekran and Baluchistan, Sind to the Sirsa Desert. Stragglers occur in Winter as far as Lahore and I have seen a specimen, apparently of this race, from Oude.
Nidification. Similar to that of the preceding bird but this race seems to keep more exclusively to desert country and stony low hills. Fifteen eggs average 48.7 x 36.5 mm.: maxima 51.2 x 37.4 and 49.0 x 38.0 mm.; minima 46.6 x 36.5 and 48.0 x 35.0 mm. The breeding months are April, May and June.
Habits. Those of the species.