Turnix suscitator.

Turnix suscitator.

Tetrao suscitator Gmelin, Syst. Nat., i, p. 763 (1789,.

Type-locality : Java.

The typical form is differentiated from all our Indian races by its very small size combined with its dark colour.

This species has a range extending from Ceylon, through India, Burma, the Indo-Chinese countries, Malay States and Islands to Java and it undergoes, as one would expect, great variations in plumage, size, etc., so that a "splitter" could create an almost unlimited number of subspecies. In the following pages I have endeavoured to admit as geographical races only those variations which have a well-defined geographical range in which the individuals agree in certain characteristics by which they can be differentiated from their nearest neighbours. More material, and especially better material than was available when the ' Game-Birds of India' was written, has confirmed the remarks I then made on certain variations and compels their recognition as subspecific in value ; in consequence, three forms are now recognized in addition to the four there admitted.

Key to Subspecies.

A.Upper plumage very dark and boldly marked with black and, to a less extent, with rufous.

A.A well-marked rufous collar on female……………T. s. leggei, p. 442.
B.No rufous collar on female.
a1. General plumage dark, boldly mark¬ed with black and less with rufous……………T. s. 'plumbipes, p. 445.
b1. General plumage duller, more uniform and less richly marked with black and rufous ……………T. s. interrumpens, p. 449.
B.Upper plumage very dark and rich, the rufous markings exceptionally strong……………T. s. blakistoni, p. 448.
C.Upper plumage decidedly paler.
c.General tint of upper plumage pale rufescent……………T. s. taijoor, p. 447,
d.General tint of upper plumage pale isabelline……………T. s. isabellinus, p. 448.
e.General tint of upper plumage rufous-grey……………T. s. pallescens, p. 450.

The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds(second Edition)
Baker, EC S (1922–1930) The fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Second edition. vol.5 1928.
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Turnix suscitator.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Barred Buttonquail
Turnix suscitator
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