5. Pteroclurus alchatus.
LARGE PINTAIL or SOLITARY SAND-GROUSE.
Male 14" to 15 1/2"; 10 to 12 oz. Female 13 1/2" to 15"; 8 to 11 1/4 oz. Legs plumbeous. Bill brown. Primaries slate, inner webs brown. Median tail blackish. Abdomen white. Black eye-stripe.— Male: Bands on crown and nape. Broad breast-band buff, edged black above and below. In summer, throat black; in winter, white. Above olive-grey.— Female: Throat white. Double breast-band of grey and buff, fringed with three black bands. Above barred black, with ashy spots. Cold-weather visitor to N. W. India from S.W. and C. Asia. (J. 801. B. 1320. O. 2.)
Supposed Quail of the Israelites (Num. xi. 31, 32; Exod. xvi. 13).
Also P. pyrenaicus) the Western Pintail S.G. from S. Europe and N. Africa. Annual complete moult in June, when male assumes female plumage without the double throat-bar, the female changing the white eye-stripe for a black one. And P. namaquus, Male 12", Female 10.5", from S. Africa. (O. G. 11.)