(1942) Galloperdix spadicea caurina.
THE ARAVALLI SPUE-FOWL.
Galloperdix spadicea var. caurina Blanf., Avif. B. I., iv, p. 107 (1898) (Mt. Abu).
Vernacular names as in G. s. spadicea.
Description.— Adult male. Diners from the adult male of the typical form in being everywhere much paler; on the upper parts the chestnut centres to the feathers are much paler and the grey margins wider; below also the tint is much paler.
Colours of soft parts. Iris light brown; bill dusky reddish ; legs and feet coral-red (G. King).
Measurements. Wing 153 to 173 mm. Weight 8 1/2 to 10 oz. (G. King).
Female much paler both above and below than the female of the Common Red Spur-Fowl; the black markings are almost absent; below the chestnut is much paler and the feathers are edged with paler grey, whilst the black markings are greatly reduced.
Measurements. Wing 154 to 171 mm. Weight 8 oz. (G. King).
Distribution. The Aravalli Hills and Udaipur only. Birds from the Bombay Presidency immediately south of Mt. Abu are decidedly darker than the birds of these hills and, though interme¬diate, are nearer to G. s. spadicea than to G. s. caurina.
Nidification. Dr. King and Col. Butler found this bird breeding in numbers in the Aravalli Hills in May and June. Except that they breed in thinner jungle, the nidification differs in no way from that of the other races.
Habits. Similar to those of the other races but this bird lives in an area of short rainfall and frequents thin deciduous forest and brushwood rather than dense jungle and evergreen-forests.