THE HOUBARA BUSTARD.
In honour of the sender of the specimens described by J. E. Gray. Houbara, Tilaor, Punjab; Taloor, Sind.
Male 28" to 30" ; 4 to 5 1/4 lbs. Female 25" to 27 1/2"; 3 to 3 3/4 lbs. Legs green-yellow. Bill slate. Sexes alike. Beautifully crested. Plumage pale buff, pencilled black. Tail with bluish bands and lateral feathers, tipped cream-white. Primaries white-base, black end. Chin, throat, and below white. A cold-weather visitor to N.W. India. In 1877 the first bird of the season was shot at Joongshae, in Sind, on 11th August. Breeds in Afghanistan and Persia. Eggs (2.4 x 1.82) olive, blurred brown. (J, 837. B. 1415. H. & M. i. 17.) See illustration, p. 141.
Also H. undulata, similar to macqueeni, 30", Armenia, Mediterranean countries, and Canary Isles.