1094. Caprimulgus andamanicus.
The Andaman Nightjar.
Caprimulgus andamanicus, Hume, S. F. i, p. 470; ii, pp. 162, 493 ; id. Cat. no. 110 his ; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. iii, p. 46 ; Hartert, Cat. B. M. xvi, p. 543. Caprimulgus macrurus, apud, Walden, Ibis, 1874, p. 131; nec Horsf.
Coloration very similar to that of C. macrurus, but the black spots on the crown are broader, more numerous, and not confined to the middle ; the mottling of the feathers throughout is coarser, the buff edges of the scapulars narrower and less conspicuous. The upper plumage in general much resembles that of C. indicus. The white spots on the primaries are small and often rufous on the edges, and the white tips to the outer tail-feathers are shorter than in C. macrurus. In the female there are no larger rufous patches on the primaries, only narrow rufous bands and spots.
Length about 11; wing 7; tail 5.2; tarsus, feathered throughout, .6.
Distribution. The Andaman Islands.
Habits, &c. So far as known, those of the genus. One of Mr.Davison's men obtained the eggs, two in number, on April 12th ; they were very regular ovals, a delicate salmon-pink, " mottled, streaked, and ornamented with zigzag and hieroglyphic lines of a darker and somewhat purplish pink. They measure 1.07 and 1.13 in length and .85 in width."