2018. Amaurornis fuseus zeylonieus

(2018) Amaurornis fuscus zeylonicus Stuart Baker.
Amaurornis fuscus zeylonicus, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. vi, p. 20.
This small race of Ruddy Crake is found in Ceylon and up the West coast of India as far North as Kanara and Belgaum.
In Ceylon Phillips has taken the neat of this Crake in rice-fields, made, in the usual way, of grass and rush-blades, often in such cases mixed with leaves and stalks of rice or of rice-straw, tucked away among the roots of the growing rice,
Stewart only once took the nest in Travancore but Davidson obtained many nests in Kanara, which, however, he put down at first, and described as, the eggs of Hypotaenidia. It was not until he had sent me some clutches that the mistake was found out. He told me that he had made many attempts to get a bird off the nest without success, as they slipped off before ho could see what they were, making their way, apparently on foot, through the rice. The nests found by him were all made of grass and old rice-stalks and placed in among the long green grass growing on the banks dividing the rice-fields. It is curious that the nests of this race have only been found in rice-fields, and they will surely, sooner or later, be found in swamps in among reeds and weeds.
The breeding season, both in India and Ceylon, is from the middle of June to the end of September, though Davidson took one nest on 14th May.
The eggs, which number four to seven, are only separable from the Northern bird in being a trifle smaller.
Thirty-four eggs average 30.0 x 22.3 mm. : maxima 32.0 x 23.0 and 30.4 x 23.2 mm. ; minima 27.8 x 22.3 and 28.4 x 21.5 mm.

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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2018. Amaurornis fuseus zeylonieus
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Ceylon Ruddy Crake
Porzana fusca zeylonica
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