By Salim Ali and S. Dillon Ripley
This enormous ten-volume sequence, the 1st quantity of which used to be released in 1996, is the main finished and trustworthy reference paintings at the birds of the Indian subcontinent. A completely revised moment variation with new plates, textual content revisions, and the addition of recent subspecies, it contains information regarding long-range migration and taxonomic adjustments, in addition to lifestyles historical past details, money owed of habit, ecology, and distribution and migration records.
someone with an curiosity in natural world at the Indian subcontinent, will locate those volumes to be a unprecedented source.
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Incubation by female only but male visits nest. Period 15 days. Both parents feed the nestlings; young out of nest fed mostly by male. MUSEUM DIAGNOSIS. See Field Characters and Key to the Subspecies. Postnuptial moult from September to November. from metallic plumage to metallic plumage. ' Young, similar to female. Postjuvenal moult complete to adult plumage. MEASUREMENTS dd 5'9 Wing Bill Tarsus 56-60 53-56 (from skull) 27-29 26-28 15-16 14-16 Tail 3640 nun 32-35 (HW, SA, Koelz) Weight 8 M d 8-1 1; 7 9 Q 7-8 g-SA.
BREEDING. Unrecorded, probably as in 1901. A female with mature ovary and distended oviduct, 20 March; also young being fed by parents in March (Abdulali, JBNHS 68: 41 1; 78: 49). Very similar to concolor (1902) but brighter and greener than it or olivaceum (1901). Lores whitish but no white on forehead and a mere trace of a supercilium. Below, differs from both the above races in having the abdomen bright pale yellow contrasting with the pale grey of breast. M E A S U R E M E ~ Sand c o ~ o u OF ~ sBARE PARTS.
5 LOCAL NAMES. None recorded. Sparrow-; length c. ). FIELD CHARACTERS. M a 1 e. Above, olive-brown. Tail black with whitish tips. Below, throat and breast metallic purple and blue-green bordered on breast with a rusty band. Pectoral tufts bright yellow; rest of underparts pale yellow. In eclipse plumage like female but with a dark gular stripe. F e m a 1 e. Above, olive. Tail dark brown with whitish tips. Below, pale yellow, brighter on belly. DISTRIBU~ON and HABITAT. Common resident in the Andaman Islands.
Handbook of the Birds of India and Pakistan: Stone Curlews to Owls by Salim Ali and S. Dillon Ripley