996. Porphyrio poliocephalus

996. INDIAN GALLINULE.
PORPHYRIO POLIOCEPHALUS.
Porphyrio poliocephalus (Lath.), Ind. Orn. Suppl. p. Ixviii. (1801) ; Dresser, ix. p. 333, pl. 706 ; Sharpe, Cat. B. Br. Mus. xxiii. p. 197 ; Blanf. F. Brit. Ind. Birds, iv. p. 178 ; P. veterum, S. G. Gmel. Reise Russ. iii. pl. xxi. p. 79, footnote, pl. 12 (1774) ; Radde, Orn. Cauc, p. 380, pl. xxiv. xxi. figs. 3. 4 (eggs).
Sultanka, Russ. ; Bojachana, Tartar ; Keim, Kaima, Hindu.
Male ad. (India). Upper parts deep blue, the wings slightly washed with greenish ; tail black, externally washed with blue ; crown ashy blue ; sides of head ashy ; neck tinged with ashy grey ; under parts deep blue, the breast tinged with greenish ; flanks bright blue ; under tail-coverts white ; bill and frontal shield dark red ; legs and feet red, the joints of the knees and toes blackish brown ; iris red. Culmen with frontal shield 2.85, wing 11.0, tail 4.25, tarsus 4.05 inch.
Hab. The shores of the Caspian, east to India, Ceylon, Burma, and Tenasserim.
In habits it does not differ from P. coeruleus, and its nest is also similar. In India it breeds from July to September, depositing 6 to 8, and sometimes as many as 10 eggs, which resemble those of P. coeruleus, but are rather smaller, paler, have fewer and smaller markings, and average 1.93 by 1.39.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 2. 1903.
Title in Book: 
996. Porphyrio poliocephalus
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
996
Year: 
1903
Page No: 
713
Common name: 
Indian Gallinule
M_ID: 
3713
M_SN: 
Porphyrio porphyrio poliocephalus
Volume: 
Vol. 2
id: 
10394

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