1361. Microperdix manipurensis

1361. Microperdix manipurensis.

Hume's Bush-Quail.

Perdicula manipurensis, Hume, S. F. ix, p. 467 (1880); xi, p. 309. Microperdix manipurensis, Ogilvie Grant, Cat. B. M. xxii, p. 204.

Coloration. Male. Forehead, superciliary stripes, cheeks up to the eye, chin, and throat dark chestnut; lores and a patch in front of the eye and another behind it white; ear-coverts brown; upper plumage throughout dark slaty grey with a brownish tinge, the feathers edged with black throughout and mostly barred with black, except near the tip, the black forming blotches on the scapulars, tertiaries, and wing-coverts; quills dark brown, the later primaries and the secondaries with buff bars on the outer webs ; tail black, with grey bars or mottled ; fore neck ashy grey ; breast and abdomen rufous buff, with black shafts and cross-bars dividing the paler tint into round spots, which are larger behind; under tail-coverts black, tipped and spotted on both webs with white.

Females have no chestnut on the head, which is grey throughout, the chin and throat albescent; breast and abdomen paler buff and less rufous than in the male.

Bill deep horny dusky ; irides reddish brown ; legs dull orange ; soles pale yellow (Hume).

Length about 7.5 : tail 2; wing 3.3 ; tarsus 1.05; bill from gape .57.

Distribution. This species was found, by Mr. Hume, in small bevies of five or six, inhabiting high grass at the base of the Eastern Manipur hills. The series collected by him contains the only known specimens with one exception, a skin recently received at the British Museum and stated, apparently on good authority, to have been brought from Bhutan. It is probable that this Bush-Quail, which is likely to escape notice, because of its living in elephant grass, occurs in Assam, and it may very possibly also be found in Burma.

The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds
Blanford, William Thomas, ed. The Fauna of British India: Including Ceylon and Burma. Vol. 4. 1898.
Title in Book: 
1361. Microperdix manipurensis
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Page No: 
Common name: 
Humes Bush Quail
Manipur Bush Quail
Perdicula manipurensis
Vol. 4

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