(1729) Falco severus rufipedoides*.
THE INDIAN HOBBY.
Falco rufipedoides Hodgs., Calcutta Journ. Nat. Hist., iv, p. 284, (1844) (Nepal). Falco severus. Blanf. & Oates, iii, p. 423 (part.).
Vernacular names. Dhutar , Dhuti (Hind.).
Description. Differs from the preceding bird in having the lower plumage much lighter; the upper plumage is practically the same as in F. s. severus.
Colours of soft parts as in the other races.
Measurements. Wing, 211 to 219 mm., 237 to 248 mm.; tail, 94 to 95 mm., 105 to 112 mm.; tarsus 33 to 34 mm. ; culmen. 17 mm., 19 mm.
Distribution. The Himalayas from Kuman to Western Assam, North of the Brahmapootra. There are also Winter specimens in the British Museum from Oude, Calcutta, Punjab and Travancore.
Nidification. Donald says that this Hobby is a regular breeder in Garhwal. Mackinnon took one nest near Murree and others round about Mussoorie. The eggs are deposited in the nests of other birds, repaired and lined afresh by the Hobbies themselves, built on trees on the outskirts of heavy forest. The only three eggs in my collection were taken on the 14th June and measure 41.4 x 30.2, 40.2 x 29.0 and 40.8 x 31.0 mm. respectively.
Habits. Those of the species.