Caprimulgus asiaticus, Lath.
112. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 197; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. III, p. 455; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 380; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 106; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India; Ibis, 1885, p. 60.
THE COMMON INDIAN NIGHT-JAR.
Length, 9 ; expanse, 18 ; wing, 5.5 to 6; tail, 4.5.
Pale rufescent-ashy, the feathers finely mottled with dusky; the top of the head (as usual), marked narrowly with black; a distinct rufescent collar with black marks; the black markings on the scapulars not extended, but they are much edged with buff, as are all the wing-coverts; back not streaked with black; quills with a white spot on each of the first four feathers and mottled at the tip; the outermost feathers are tipped with white, and there is a white spot on the neck; the lower parts are lightly mottled and barred.
The Indian Night-jar is common throughout the district and is a permanent resident, breeding during April and May. The eggs (there is no nest) are two in number, and are laid on the. bare ground; they vary from a warm pinkish stone-color to a deep salmon-pink, and are clouded, blotched, and streaked with different shades of pale reddish and purplish brown; they, average 1.04 by 0.77 inches.