Centropus rufipennis, Illiger.
217. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 349 ; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. III, p. 461; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 389 ; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India; Ibis,
1885, p. 64.
THE CROW PHEASANT. OR THE COMMON COUCAL.
Length, 19 ; extent, 23 ; wing, 7.25; tail, 10; tarsus, 2; bill at front, 1.3.
Bill black; brides' crimson; legs black.
Whole head, neck, lower back, upper tail-coverts and all the under parts, richly empurpled black; tail glossed with green; upper part of the back and wings bright deep rufous bay.
The young vary very much; some (females) are barred throughout with rufous and blackish above, and with dusky and whitish beneath ; tail barred with pale grey bands; wings also prettily banded.
Others (young. males) resemble the . adult, but the colors are more dull.
With the exception of Sind, the "Crow Pheasant is common throughout our limits. It is a permanent; resident, breeding during the monsoom They build large, globular-shaped, domed nests, in the centre of thick, thorny bushes or trees; the eggs, three in number, are broadish regular ovals; coarse and chalky in texture, of a dull white color, and average 1.44 in length by 116 in breadth.
They are subject to great variation in size ; eggs of the same clutch even differ.