61. Excalfactoria chinensis

61. Excalfactoria chinensis.

THE BLUE-BREASTED or PAINTED QUAIL.

Khair-butai, Nepal; Burli, Deccan; Ngon, Burma; Peeyo, Malay.

Male 5 3/4" to 6"; 1 1/2 to 2 oz. Female 5". Legs bright yellow. Bill black.— Male: Rich plumage. Chin and throat black, enclosing white cheek-patch. Above brown, blotched black, with white shaft stripes. Narrow red wing-band. Quills plain. Breast blue. Below chestnut—Female: brown; breast with dark cross¬bars ; chin and throat white. Ceylon, India, Indo-Chinese countries, Formosa, and Celebes. Four to six eggs (0.98 x 0.76), olive-brown, speckled purple. J. 831. B. 1354. O. 17. O.G. i. 193. H. & M. ii. 162.)

Also E. lineata, the Island Painted Quail. Differs from E. chinensis in being darker above and more strongly blotched with black. Philippines, Sulu Islands, Borneo, Java, Sumatra, and Australia.

E. lepida. 4.8". The New Britain Painted Quail. No trace of chestnut on wing-coverts. Below slaty blue. Vent and under tail-coverts chestnut. The smallest game bird. New Britain to E. of New Guinea.

E. adansoni. 5.2". Adanson's Painted Quail. Above blackish brown washed slate. Wing-coverts and upper tail-coverts chestnut. Below slate-grey. Sides and flanks bright chestnut. Africa S. of 5° N. lat. (O.G. i. 195.)

BookTitle: 
Game, Shore And Water Birds Of India
Reference: 
Le Messurier, Augustus. Game, Shore, and Water Birds of India Fourth Edition, 1904.
Title in Book: 
61. Excalfactoria chinensis
Book Author: 
A Le Messurier
CatNo: 
61
Year: 
1904
Page No: 
96
Common name: 
Blue Breasted Or Painted Quail
M_ID: 
1355
M_CN: 
King Quail
M_SN: 
Excalfactoria chinensis
Volume: 
4th ed.
id: 
12726

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