59. Coturnix coromandelicus.
THE BLACK-BREASTED or RAIN QUAIL.
Bateyr, Upper India; Chanac, Nepal; Batairo, Sind; Kade (Tamil); Chinna-yelMchi (Telugu); Ngon, Pegu.
MALE 6 1/2" to 7 1/4"; 2 to 3 oz. Legs fleshy yellow. Bill dusky. Chin pure white. Primaries unspotted brown.— Male: Like C. communis, but black bands on throat and neck more strongly marked, and there is a large black patch on breast. Sides of body buff-streaked black. Below pale buff.— Female: Larger than male, breast merely spotted with black.
The Rain Quail is a resident or partially migratory bird, shifting its ground with the seasons and extending from India to Assam, Sylhet, Burma, and Pegu. Not observed in Ceylon. (In 1875 they were in full breeding at Sapoora, in Sind, on 7th August, and the young were running about at the Hubb River on the 1st September, when the Grey Quail came in.— A. Le M.) Four to nine eggs (1.18 x 0.89), buff, speckled and blotched brown.
The call of the Rain Quail is disyllabic— Whit / whit! and stronger than that of the Grey Quail. (J. 830. B. 1356. O. 16. O.G. i. 185. H. & M. ii. 151.)