1957. Cryptoplectron manipurensis manipurensis

(1957) Cryptoplectron manipurensis manipurensis (Hume).
Cryptoplectron manipurensis manipurensis, fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. v, p. 383.
This little Bush-Quail is restricted to the hills South of the Brahmapootra Valley in Cachar, Sylhet, Naga and Khasia Hills and Manipur.
Little is known about the haunts and breeding of this Quail, but it is not rare when one knows where to look for it, Higgins says that “they are to be found anywhere in the Manipur Valley where there is long grass and water, but almost exclusively round the edge of the valley, near the hills, and away from the populous part of the country.”
Woods (Journ. As. Soc. Beng. vol. xlviii, p. 110, 1899, Manipur) writes:—“It is by no means such a rare bird as Hume thinks. They keep to very dense jungle composed entirely of sun and elephant-grass. I found them in greatest abundance in jungles adjoining nullahs in which there was a certain amount of water.— in fact they are always found close to water,”
I obtained one nest of this bird in the Leri-Baladhan plateau on the borders of Manipur-Cachar Hills. The ground was a rolling grass-covered hill a few hundred feet elevation only. On the summit the grass was short, but in the nullahs between the hills very rank and long, while all round grew evergreen forest. Passing through a patch of thin short grass I put up one of these Quails, shot it, and then discovered the nest with four almost white eggs, probably unusually pale. They were in a hollow scratched among the roots of the grass with a few oddments of leaves and grass lying in it. The eggs are exactly like very pale eggs of Perdicula and of Cyptoplectron erythrorhynchum, measuring 30.4 x 24.1, 31.2 x 23.5, 31.2 x 24.0 and 29.3 x 24.9 mm.
These were taken on the 13th May.
Major Woods’s description of the breeding is wrong, due to his having mistaken a nest of one of the Bustard-Quails for that of this bird.

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 4. 1935.
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Manipur Bush Quail
Perdicula manipurensis manipurensis
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