(1999) Turnix suscitator blakistoni.
THE CHINESE BUSTARD-QUAIL.
Areoturnix blakistoni Swinhoe, Ibis, 1871, p. 401 (Canton). Turnix pugnax. Blanf. & Oates, iv, p. 150 (part.).
Vernacular names. Guske-coone, Noclc-coone (Siamese); Ngon (Burmese).
Description.— Adult female. This is the most richly coloured, of all the forms of the Bustard-Quails, the upper parts being very boldly marked with black and deep rufous, the latter of a darker, redder tint than is found in any of the other subspecies.
Colours of soft parts are the same as in T. s. leggei.
Measurements. Females : wing varying between 88 to 94 mm. The males, as usual, are decidedly smaller, with a wing of 78 to 92 mm.
Distribution. South and Western China, the hill-ranges of Yunnan and Northern Siam into the Eastern Shan States; Annam, Tonkin, and Karenni.
Nidification. Exactly the same as that of T. s. plumbipes and the eggs are not to be distinguished from those of the latter bird. Thirty-two average 24.1 x 20.4 mm.: maxima 27.2 x 21.1 mm.; minima 22.1 x 19.0 and 24.0 X 18.3 mm.
Habits. So far as is recorded, there appears to be nothing to , note in the habits of this bird differing in any way from those of its nearest relations. It is found alike in the plains and certainly up to 4,000 feet and probably higher in the mountains. Like other Bustard-Quails also it keeps much to openings in partly-forested country and is often found in cultivation and round villages.