191. Gallinago gallinula

191. Gallinago gallinula.

THE JACK SNIPE.

Gallinula — a, chicken; diminutive of gallina =a, hen. Chota bharka, Nepal; Oolan, Madras; Tibud, Ratnagiri.

Male 7 3/4" to 9"; 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 oz. Female 8 1/2". Legs green-grey. Bill 1 1/2" to 1 3/4", blackish. Back black, glossed green. Two yellow bands from shoulder to tail. Four notches on posterior margin of breast-bone. Tail of twelve feathers of uniform width, dark brown, bordered buff, Remiges twenty-four. Axillaries white. Flight straight and rapid, beginning in silence, with a few zigzags. Formerly considered as the male of G. caelestis. Occur in Asia Minor, Palestine, N. Africa, Mediterranean, and Europe, excluding Atlantic isles, Faroes, and Iceland. A winter visitant to India, summering and breeding north of 60° N. lat. to far within Arctic circle. Four eggs (1.5 x 1.1), olive, spotted red-brown, remarkable for their large size, each weighing more than 1 1/2 oz., while the bird itself weighs but 2 1/2 oz. (J. 872. B. 1487. H. & M. iii. 373.)

BookTitle: 
Game, Shore And Water Birds Of India
Reference: 
Le Messurier, Augustus. Game, Shore, and Water Birds of India Fourth Edition, 1904.
Title in Book: 
191. Gallinago gallinula
Book Author: 
A Le Messurier
CatNo: 
191
Year: 
1904
Page No: 
183
Common name: 
Jack Snipe
M_ID: 
4206
M_CN: 
Jack Snipe
M_SN: 
Lymnocryptes minimus
Volume: 
4th ed.
id: 
12956

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