1385. Turnix albiventris

1385. Turnix albiventris.

The Nicobar Button-Quail.

Turnix albiventris, Hume, S. F. i, p. 310 ; ii, p. 281; iv, pp. 279, 293 ; id. Cat. no. 834 ter; Hume & Marsh. Game B. ii, p. 199, pl. ; Ogilvie Grant, Ibis, 1889, p. 467; id. Cat. B. M. xxii, p. 545.

Coloration. Similar to that of T. tanki, except that adults retain much of the black and rufous barring and mottling on the dorsal feathers ; the feathers on the sides of the crown are black with rufous edges ; and the collar in the female bird is much deeper ferruginous, chestnut in fact. Immature birds are undistinguishable from those of T. tanki, and the soft parts are similarly coloured in birds of all ages.

Length of female 6.5 ; tail 1.3 ; wing 3.1 ; tarsus .9 ; bill from gape .7. Males rather smaller.

Distribution. Common in the Nicobar Islands in long grass; rare in the Andamans, which are mainly covered with forest.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds
Reference: 
Blanford, William Thomas, ed. The Fauna of British India: Including Ceylon and Burma. Vol. 4. 1898.
Title in Book: 
1385. Turnix albiventris
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
CatNo: 
1385
Year: 
1898
Page No: 
154
Common name: 
Nicobar Button Quail
M_ID: 
3864
M_CN: 
Yellow-legged Buttonquail
M_SN: 
Turnix tanki
Volume: 
Vol. 4
Term name: 
id: 
1972

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