Puffinus persicus, Hume.
976bis. :- Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 313.
THE PERSIAN SHEARWATER.
Length, 13 ; wing, 7 ; tarsus, 1.5 ; bill from forehead, 13.
Bill dusky-brown, bluish at base; irides brown; legs and feet -white, tinged with pink and lavender, with claws, margin of web, exterior of foot, and outer-toes, and part of ridge of mid-toe, black.
Female : The head and nape deep sooty-brown, the whole of the rest of the upper parts blackish-brown, almost, if not quite, black on the primaries, rump, upper tail-coverts and tail; upper portion of the lores mingled dusky-brown and whitish;: lower portion of the lores, and the whole of the chin and throat, as far as the eyes on either side, breast, abdomen, vent and shorter central lower tail-coverts, pure white; a white line about 0.06 wide encircles the eye, and extends backwards from the posterior angle as a narrow white streak for a distance of 035 to 0-4 inches; below this the ear-coverts are dusky-brown, slightly mingled with whitish; the white line below the eye is only separated from the white of the throat by a hair line of greyish-brown; the sides of the neck and breast where the brown of the upper meets the white of the lower parts, are somewhat paler brown, slightly intermingled with white; the sides, axillaries, flanks and the lesser under wing-coverts next the. body, and the whole of the exterior and longer tail-coverts are deep brown; the rest of the lower wing-coverts, except just at the edge of the wing, are white, here and there slightly mottled, especially at the edge of the wing with dusky brown; the longer axillaries are mottled white along their bases.
Within our limits the Persian Shearwater is found along the Sind Coast and at the mouths of the Indus.