192. Rostratula capensis.
THE PAINTED SNIPE.
Ohari, Nepal; Kone, Singbhoom; Tibud, Ratnagiri; Mail-ulan, Madras; Baggerjee, Lower Bengal.
Male 9 1/4" to 10"; 3 1/2 to 5 oz. Female 9 3/4" to 11"; 4 1/2 to 6 1/2 oz. Legs green. Bill 1 7/8", red-brown. Throat white. Above olive-brown, with narrow white bars broadly fringed dark green. Line on head and one from eye to nape buff. Quills blue-grey, with fine wavy black lines, and with oval buff spots on outer webs. Tail of fourteen feathers blue-grey, with black bars.— Female: Darker face. Neck chestnut. A tuft of white lanceolate feathers beneath the scapulars. E. and C. Africa, Egypt, India, Ceylon, China, and Japan, extending to Sumatra, Java,. Borneo, and Philippines. Swims well. Four eggs (1.39 x 1.0), drab, irregularly blotched brown. Nest found in Calcutta on 7.8.88. Three young just hatched.
Eggs obtained at Tongloo in September. Breeds two or three times a year. (J. 873. B. 1488. H. & M. iii. 381.)
Also R: australis. 9 1/2". Male as in E. capensis. female throat and chest sooty black. From Australia.
R. semicollaris. 7 1/2". Wing-coverts uniform blackish, with white spots. Throat sooty black. From S. America.
Also the genus Phegornis. 6 1/2". With no hind toe. One species— P. mitchelli, from W. S. America.