(1995) Megapodius nicobariensis abbotti.
OBERHOLSER'S NICOBAR MEGAPODE.
Megapodius nicobariensis abbotti Oberholser, Proc. Nat, Mus. U.S., Iv, p. 400 (1919) Megapodius nicobariensis. Blanf. & Oates, iv, p. 147.
Vernacular names. Kongah (Nicobars).
Description. Differs from the preceding race in being darker on both upper and lower plumage, the primaries especially being darker on the outer webs and contrasting less with the inner webs.
Colours of soft parts as in the typical form.
Measurements. Oberholser gives the measurement of the wings of six specimens as 215 to 230 mm. against 206 to 234 mm. in the Northern Nicobar bird.
Distribution. Great and Little Nicobar Islands in the South of the Nicobar group.
Nidification. Eggs taken by Osmaston on the 11th April are, of course, quite indistinguishable from those of the Common Nicobar Megapode. Pour were taken from one mound and four from another. The eight average 83.1 x 50.8 mm.
Habits. Those of the species.
* Pugnax of Temminck is antedated by javanica of Rafinesque (1814) and the latter name by Tetrao suscitator (1789) of Gmelin, which has therefore to be employed in preference to either.