2. Pterocles fasciatus.
THE PAINTED SAND-GROUSE.
Fascto (no perf.), atom=to swathe or envelop in bands.
Bhut-titur, Bhut-bur, N.W.P.; Palki, Belgaum; Handeri, S. India; Pokundi (Marathi); Kal gowjal hakt (Kanarese), Mysore; Sonda polanka (Telugu).
Male10 1/2" to 11 1/4"; 6 to 7 1/2 oz. Female 10" to 10 1/2". Legs dull yellow. Bill red. Primaries brown-black, with pale edgings, shaft of first quill white. Abdomen black, with crescentic white marks. Under-tail and tarsus barred. Throat un¬spotted.—Male above yellow, banded brown. Four stripes on forehead. Triple breast-band. "Wing-coverts banded black, edged white.—Female: No pectoral band. Breast and above finely barred. Abdomen and feet finely barred, chocolate and cream-white (see Frontispiece).
Peculiar to and resident in India, but not W. of the Indus or on the Gangetic alluvium. Eggs (1.42 x 0.98) generally found in April and May. salmon-pink, speckled, and blotched. (J. 800. B. 1317. O. 7.)
Also P. quadricinctus, the Painted S.G. from Africa. (O.G. 24.)