(2000) Turnix suscitator isabellinus.
THE CALCUTTA BUSTARD-QUAIL.
Turnix suscitator isabellinus Robinson & Stuart Baker Bull. B. O. C., xlviii, p. 62 (1928) (Calcutta). Turnix pugnax. Blanf. & Oates, iv, p. 150 (part.).
Vernacular names. Gulu, Gundra (Hind.).
Description. A very pale form, nearest perhaps to the pale form from the dry zone in Burma but with the general tint more isabelline and less rufous ; the white lines on the upper plumage are very fine; the underparts are very rufous and dark in comparison with the upper.
Colours of soft parts as in the other forms.
Measurements. Wing, 83 to 84 mm., 77 mm.
Distribution. Calcutta; 24th Parganas, Hooghly, Nadia. There are three specimens in the British Museum collection and I have seen others from the districts mentioned.
Nidification. Jerdon and Parker both took numerous nests of this race in the Botanical Gardens and round about Calcutta during July and August. I personally took eggs in other parts of the 24th Parganas as well as in Hooghly and Nadia, though they were not common except in the first-named district. The eggs were always four and both they and the nests indistinguishable from those of the other races. The only eight I have measured average 24.2 x 19.9 mm.
Habits. Those of the species. This little Quail was common in the scrub round about Calcutta, Barrackpore and Serampore, often entering the gardens and parks on the outskirts of these places.