4. Pterocles coronatus.
THE CORONETED SAND-GROUSE.
Corono, avi, atum=to crown, wreathe. Katinga, Sind.
Male 10 1/2" to 11 1/2"; 8 oz. Female 10" to 10 1/2". Legs fawn. Bill bluish. Primaries umber, white shafts, some with inner webs edged rufous. Yellow cheek-patch. Under-tail not barred.— Male : Crown buff, edged grey and yellow. Black stripe on each side of the bill, and one from chin down throat. Above light brown, mixed grey. Abdomen buff.— Female: Crown wanting. Pale cinnamon throughout with crescentic black cross-bars. Abdomen fawn, faintly speckled. Throat yellow, without black bar.
Range from N. E. Africa to Sind and Punjab, W. of Indus. Probably breeds in Sind. Eggs (1.5 x 1.06) taken in Afghanistan in May and June. (B. 1319. O. 6.)
Also P. gutturalis the Chestnut-vented S.G. from Africa, Male 12", Female 11.6"; and P. personatus, the Masked S.G. peculiar to Madagascar, Male 11.6", Female 11.5". (O.G. 19.)