No. 78. Athene Malabarica. BLYTH.
THE MALABAR OWLET.
This is another species whose nidification has not been observed.
I have nothing to add to Mr. Blyth's full description of this species which Dr. Jerdon has quoted verbatim.
* Temminck's remarks on this species are to the following effect: " The wing covers a great portion of the tail, of which the feathers are equal, the tarsi are feathered, but the toes are only sparsely covered with bristles. This species is well characterized and easily recognized by the rich chestnut or nut brown purple of the back, wings and tail. The whole head, nape, sides and front of the neck, as well as of the breast, are transversely barred, at equal intervals with brown and dull yellowish bands. The region of the thorax, and the flanks are coloured like the back, and there are some purplish blotches on the tibial plumes ; the rest of the lower parts are pure white. Large white blotches, cover the exterior webs of the scapulars, and of some of the coverts, placed near the fold of the wings. Bands of yellowish rufous appear on the quills, and there are five, narrow bars of this colour on the tail feathers, which are narrowly tipped with the same. The sexes differ little." The length is from 7.4 to nearly 8 inches, (English).