1188. Ninox obscura.
Hume's Brown Hawk-Owl.
Ninox obscura, Hume, S. F. i, p. 11 (1873); Ball, ibid. p. 65; Hume, S. F. ii, p. 153; Walden, Ibis, 1874, p. 129, pl. iv; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. ii, p. 177; Hume, Cat. no. 81 quint.
Coloration. Very dark chocolate-brown above and below, growing lighter and more rufous on the abdomen; a few small whitish spots or bars occur on the flanks and abdomen (often only to be seen by raising the overlying feathers), and the lower tail-coverts are barred with white; feathers of the lores, forehead, and chin bristly, whitish, or white at the base, black at the ends; quills uniform deep brown ; tail-feathers deep brown, with about four narrow pale greyish cross-bands and a whitish tip. The head above is often a little darker than the back.
Bill blackish; cere, ridge of upper mandible and tip of lower green; irides yellow; feet yellow; claws black.
Length 11.5; tail 5 ; wing 8.75; tarsus 1; bill from gape 1.
Distribution. The Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The nearest ally is the Papuan N.theomacha.