(2127) Lobivanellus indicus atronuchalis.
THE BURMESE RED-WATTLED LAPWING.
Lobivanellus atronuchalis (Blyth), Jerdon, B. of Ind., iii, p. 648 (1864) (Burma). Sarcogrammus atronuchalis. Blanf, & Oates, iv, p. 224.
Vernacular names. Titidu (Burm.)* Dao-duyip (Cachari)
Distribution. Differs from the two preceding races in having the white line down the side of the neck restricted to a patch on and just behind the ear-coverts, leaving the whole neck black all round ; the black neck is divided from the green back by a narrow white or lilac band.
Colours of soft parts as in the other races.
Measurements. Wing 200 to 221 mm.; culmen 27 to 32 mm.
Distribution. Assam, South of the Brahmapootra, Tippera, Chittagong, Burma and Malay States to Sumatra and the Indo-Chinese Countries.
Nidification. Similar to that of the other races. In the hills of Assam this bird breeds up to some 2,000 feet wherever there are streams with shingle- or sand-banks suitable for its nesting and to these it keeps entirely. In the plains, on the other hand, it breeds more often in open land, preferably fallow-fields and open waste land. Very often only three eggs are laid. The eggs are quite indistinguishable from those of the Indian bird. Thirty-six average 41.5 x 29.8 mm.: maxima 45.4 x 30.1 and 45.0 x 31.1 mm. - minima 40.1 X 28.4 and 40.4 x 28.1 mm.
The breeding-season is from March to June, most eggs being laid in April.
Habits. Those of the species.