1390. Hypotaenidia obscurior.
The Andamanese Banded Rail.
Rallus striatus, apud Ball, J. A. S. B. xii, pt. 2, p. 288; id. S. F. i, p. 86; nec Linn. Hypotaenidia striata, apud Hume, S. F. ii, p. 302; Walden, Ibis, 1874, p. 146. Hypotaenidia obscuriora, Hume, S. F. ii, p. 302 (Jan. 1874) ; iv, p. 294 ; id. Cat. no. 913 bis; Hume & Marsh. Game B. ii, p. 253, pl.; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. iii, p. 400. Hypotaenidia ferrea, Walden, Ibis. 1874, p. 303 (April 1874). Hypotaenidia abnormis, Hume, S. F. iii, p. 147 (1875); id. Cat. no. 913 ter. Hypotaenidia obscurior (H. striatae subsp.), Sharpe, Cat. B. M. xxiii, p; 37.
Like the last species, but larger and much darker in colour; the head and nape dark rufous brown ; upper parts generally blackish brown, with narrow pale edges to the feathers ; breast slaty grey.
Bill Indian-red, tips of both mandibles and whole culmen deep horny brown; irides deep brown; legs and feet dark greenish horny (Davison).
Length 12 ; tail 2 ; wing 5.4 ; tarsus 1.6 ; bill from gape 1.75.
Distribution. The Andaman Islands.
Habits, &c. As in the last species. Nests with 4 and 6 eggs, resembling those of H. striata and measuring about 1.43 by 1, have been taken in May and July.