(1980) Francolinus pictus pallidus.
THE NORTHERN PAINTED PARTRIDGE.
Perdix hepburni var. pallida Gray, Ill. Ind. Zool., i, pl. 55 (1830-32) (Odypore). Francolinus pictus. Blanf. & Oates, iv, p. 137 (part.). Vernacular names. Titur (Bombay); kala Titur (Mahr.).
Description. Sex for sex exactly like the preceding bird but much paler. If series of F. p. pictus and F. p. pollidus are placed on their backs side by side, the differences are very obvious ; the latter gives an impression of comparatively bright pale rufous, whilst the former seems to be a dull pale, rather earthy-rufous on the lower parts.
Colours of soft parts as in the preceding race.
Measurements. Wing 131 to 146 mm.
Distribution. Practically the Southern boundary of the Black Partridge is the Northern boundary of this race of the Painted Partridge. It is found as far South as Udaipore (Odeypore), Jawar, Saugur, Jhansi aud Bundelkhand. The British Museum also has specimens from Gondal, Deera, Ahmedabad, Abu and Neemuch.
Nidification. Very similar to that of the preceding race but Whitehead found it breeding in Sehore in April, May and June. Elsewhere, however, August and September seem to be the principal months. Twenty-nine eggs average 35.7 X 29.5 mm.: maxima 38.3 x 30.1 and 36.4 x 31.7 mm.; minima 33.0 x 29.1 and 35.0 x 27.9 mm.
Habits. Those of the species.