1942. Galloperdix spadicea caurina

(1942) Galloperdix spadicea caurina Blanf.
Galloperdix spadicea caulina, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. v, p. 361.
This race of Spur-Fowl has a very restricted range, so far having been obtained only in the Aravali Hills and Udaipur.
Except that it breeds in somewhat thinner bush and jungle than the other subspecies do there is nothing to note about the country it prefers.
Butler, as quoted by Hume, writes :—“The Red Spur-fowl is common all along the Aravalis. It is usually found singly or in pairs, and breeds like the last species during the hot weather, I have never seen the nest, but have often seen the chicks with the old birds shortly after they have been hatched in May and June,”
Dr. King also writes to me from Aboo :—“This species is common at Aboo in the valleys, ranging as high as 4,000 feet, but is most plentiful from about 1,500 feet to 3,000 feet above the sea. It prefers dense jungle and nullahs in which there is a thick under¬growth and especially where there is much bamboo.
“I never took the nest myself, but its eggs were brought to me in the early part of May, and my Shikari and the Bheels employed said that the nests were flat and shallow, composed of dry bamboo- leaves placed under, or even in the middle of, clumps of bamboo, in the deeper valleys.”
A pair of eggs in the Hume collection measure 46.2 x 32.0 and 47.7 x 31.5 mm., while three in my own collection taken by Mr. Vidal measure 35.8 x 27.0, 35.6 x 26.0 and 36.5 x 26.4 mm. These will certainly prove to be very small eggs when we once know the average of a number, while Hume’s may be exceptionally big.

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 4. 1935.
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Aravalli Spue Fowl
Galloperdix spadicea caurina
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