1360. Microperdix blewitti.
Perdicula erythrorhyncha, apud Blanf. Ibis, 1867, p. 464; id. J. A. S. B. xxxviii pt. 2, p. 190; Ball, S. F. ii, p. 428 ; nec Sykes. Microperdix blewitti, Hume, S. F. ii, p. 512 ; Ball, S. F. iii, p. 294; vii, p. 225; Hume, Cat. no. 828 bis; Hume & Marsh. Game B. ii, p. 129, pl.; Ogilvie Grant, Cat. B. M. xxii, p. 204.
Sirsi-lawa, Central Prov. (Mandla, Balaghat, Chanda).
This is merely a race of M. erythrorhynchus, but is smaller and has a much smaller bill. The male is distinguished by having the sincipital white band much broader and the black forehead narrower, whilst the black chin is either inconspicuous or wanting. The whole colour too is greyer in both sexes, and the greyish-brown wash comes much farther down the breast, whilst the abdomen is a duller and paler red.
Bill, legs, and feet coral-red ; irides brown (Hume).
Length of male 6.5; tail 1.7 ; wing 3.1; tarsus 1; bill from gape .5. Female smaller.
Distribution. The forest region of the Eastern Central Provinces (Mandla, Balaghat, Seoni, Chanda, Raipur, Sironcha, Bastar), and of Chutia Nagpur.