1094. Caprimulgus andamanicus

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."

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Reference: 
Blanford, William Thomas, ed. The Fauna of British India: Including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.3 1895.
Title in Book: 
1094. Caprimulgus andamanicus
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
CatNo: 
1094
Year: 
1895
Page No: 
190
Common name: 
Andaman Nightjar
M_ID: 
7325
M_CN: 
Andaman Nightjar
M_SN: 
Caprimulgus andamanicus
Volume: 
Vol. 3
id: 
1523

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