Hypotaenidia striata, Lin.
913. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 726, Butler, Deccan ; Stray Feathers, Vol IX, p. 432.
THE BLUE BREASTED BANDED RAIL.
Length, 9.8 to 11.5 expanse, 14.25 to 17.5; wing, 4.5 to 5.0 ; tail, 1.5 to 2.25; tarsus, 1.35 to 1.62; bill from gape, 1.35 to 1.82 ; weight, 3.6 to 5 oz.
The colors of the soft parts are extremely variable.
Top of head and hind-neck dark chesnut; upper plumage (including the quills and tail) olivaceous throughout, with narrow white, black-edged bars; beneath, the chin and throat whitish; the neck, breast, and upper abdomen, bluish-grey; the lower abdomen, vent, under tail-coverts, and thigh-coverts, dull olivaceous, with white bands.
The Blue-breasted Banded Bail is a not uncommon seasonal visitant to portions of the Deccan ; it breeds during August and September. It does not occur in Sind, neither has it been record¬ed from Guzerat.