1399. Amaurornis bicolor.
Porzana bicolor, Walden, A. M. N. H. (4) ix, p. 47 (1872) ; Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xliii, pt. 2, p. 174 ; Hume, S. F. iii, p. 283 ; id. Cat. no. 911 bis; id. & Marsh. Game B. ii, p. 223, pl.; Hume, S. F. xi, p. 329; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. xxiii, p. 113. Porzana elwesi, Hume, S. F. iii, p. 283, note (1875).
Coloration. Head, neck, and lower parts dark slaty grey, darker on the crown and nape, paler and ashy on the sides of the head and throat; upper parts from the neck rufous brown; primaries and secondaries dark brown ; tail black.
Bill glaucous green, with a slight tinge of red near base of mandibles and tipped grey; irides crimson-red; orbits red; legs pale dullish vermilion (Godwin-Austen).
Length 8.5 ; tail 2; wing 4.5 ; tarsus 1.5 ; bill from gape 1.1.
Distribution. Elwes and Mandelli obtained this Bail in the valleys of Sikhim at from 4000 to 6000 feet, and Godwin-Austen found it on the Khasi hills at a similar elevation. Hume saw what was probably this species in Manipur.
Habits, &c. Grass around marshy pools and swamps and irrigated rice-fields are the places where this Bail has been found. It probably descends to lower levels than those above quoted in summer. An egg, presumably of this species, brought to Godwin-Austen, measured 1.4 by 1 and was creamy white, spotted, chiefly towards the larger end, with pale grey and light and dark sepia.