90. Rallus aquaticus

90. Rallus aquaticus.

THE WATER-RAIL.

Aquaticus—living in or by the water, aqua. Yekan tokhisi, Yarkand.

Male 12"; 3 to 5 oz. Legs flesh-brown. Bill 1 2/3, red. More grey than R. indicus. No facial stripe. Throughout Europe and the Palaearctic region as far E. as Cabul and Yarkand. A rare winter visitor to Himalayas. Eight to ten eggs (1.4 x 1.05), stone colour, spotted purple. (B. 1388. H. & M. ii. 261.)

Also E. peruvianus. Similar to E. aquaticus, but smaller.

R. elegans 14 1/2", from N. America; and two subspecies, 15" and 16", from California and Mexico.

R. longirostris, 10 1/2", from Guiana; and six subspecies, varying from 12" to 15", from Brazil, N. America, W. Indies and Cuba.

R. virgianus. 8 1/8". From N. and C. America.

R. oequatorialis. 7 1/2". From "W.S. America,

R. antarcticus. 7 1/2". From S. America.

R. semiplumbeus. 6 1/2". From S. America.

R. caerulescens. The Blue-necked Kail. 9 1/2". From S, Africa.

R. madagascariensis. 12".

Also there are ten species of extinct Rails from France and Germany. (B. M. Oat., xxiii. 227.)

Also the genus IAmnopardolus, with indication of a small frontal shield, the nostril placed about centre of the bill, and mid toe and claw varying from 1.2" to 2.45", Three species, all from S. America.

L. maculatus, 10 1/2"; L. eytirhynchus, 10 1/2"; and two subspecies, 12 1/2" and 15 1/2"; and L. nigricans, 12". (B.M. Cat., xxiii. 8-32.)

BookTitle: 
Game, Shore And Water Birds Of India
Reference: 
Le Messurier, Augustus. Game, Shore, and Water Birds of India Fourth Edition, 1904.
Title in Book: 
90. Rallus aquaticus
Book Author: 
A Le Messurier
CatNo: 
90
Year: 
1904
Page No: 
123
Common name: 
Water Rail
M_ID: 
3542
M_CN: 
Water Rail
M_SN: 
Rallus aquaticus
Volume: 
4th ed.
Term name: 
id: 
12787

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