6. Pteroclurus exustus.
THE COMMON PINTAIL or WHISTLING SAND-GROUSE.
Exuro, ussi, ustum=to burn up.
Bur-titur, Kuhar, N. W. P.; Batiban, Sind; Popandi (Bheel); Pokandi, Deccan; Palki, Belgaum; Jam-polanka (Telugu); Kal-Kondari (Tamil).
Male 11 3/4" to 13 3/4"; 8 to 10 oz. Female 11" to 12 1/4"; 7 1/2 to 8 1/3 oz. Legs plumbeous. Bill plumbeous. Primaries black, tips, except of first four, white. Plain bar on wing.— Male: Above dusty green. Abdomen chocolate. Narrow black breast-band, edged white.— Female: Abdomen chocolate, closely barred, brown. Neck and breast spotted. Broken black gorget. Above fulvous, barred brown. Central feathers of tail not always elongated. Young have mixed plumage alternately edged and barred.
From S.W. and C. Asia, but resident also in N.W. India and Deccan. Eggs (1.45 x 1.03) buff-green and double spotted. (J. 802. B. 1321. O. 3.)