1985. Francolinus pondicerianus mecranensis

(1985) Francolinus pondicerianus mecranensis. & Harm.
THE MECRAN GREY PARTRIDGE.
Francolinus pondicerianus mecranensis, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. v, p. 422.
This race was described from the Mekran coast, whence it is found in Sind, the hills of the North-West Frontier, Baluchistan and Afghanistan to South Persia.
Ticehurst considers that no Sind specimens can definitely be placed under mecranensis, though many specimens are intermediate, I consider, judging from the breeding specimens that I have seen from Sukhur, Baluchistan, that, although not quite typical, they are too pale to be placed with either of the two other Indian races.
Except that it inhabits drier, more desert areas than the other races, there is nothing to note in particular about this race. Even so, it does not haunt the actual deserts but selects tracts in which there is some cultivation or which is not too dry to support a growth of grass or some other vegetation. 
As regards the eggs, an examination of a series shows strikingly that they average much paler and agree with those I have received from South Persia. The darkest about equal the average colour of the eggs of the other races while the palest are almost white.
Eighty-one eggs average 34.0 x 26.0 mm. ; maxima 37.3 x 25.6 and 35.0 x 27.6 mm. ; minima 31.0 x 24.4 mm.

BookTitle: 
The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Reference: 
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 4. 1935.
Title in Book: 
1985. Francolinus pondicerianus mecranensis
Spp Author: 
Zarud.&harm.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1985
Year: 
1935
Page No: 
269
Common name: 
Mecran Grey Partridge
M_ID: 
1189
M_SN: 
Francolinus pondicerianus mecranensis
Volume: 
Vol. 4
id: 
15172

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