Description of Rallus jouyi, with remarks on Rallus striatus and Rallus gularis

Leonhard Stejneger
1887 Proceedings of the United States National Museum  
the Phihppiue Islands, and Formosa. But it seems that several species or subspecies have been lumped together under this name. The type of B. striatus came from the Philippines, and Brisson described it as having " the lower part of the hind neck, back and scapulars of a blackish brown, each feather being marked on both sides with transverse whitish spots'" (Ornith., V, 17G0, p. 168). A specimen in the National Museum (No. 77009), said to have couie from the Philippine Islands, agrees very
more » ... s, agrees very minutely with his full and excellent description, and I, therefore, take it to be the typical R. striatus. Two specimens before me (U. S. Nat. Mus., Nos. 15427, 958.3), one obtained by Peale in "Malacca," the other by Dr. Cantor in Peuang, may be regarded as nearly typical R. gularis Horsf., which was originally described from Java. The other specimens in our museum (Nos. 85751, 85752) differ considerably from the foregoing ones, as will be shown further on, and as they were obtained by Mr. P. L. Jouy, whose excellent collections from China and Japan have added so much to our knowledge of the ornithology of these countries, I take great pleasure in calling this unnamed species KaUiis jout/i or Eypotccnidia jouyi. Rallus striatiis Linn. (S. N., 12 ed., 17GG, I, p. 262) has the upper surface blackish brown with small, but very distinct white dots, which on the wings extend transversely^into sharply-defined white bars, while in the other two forms the color of the back is more or less olive; the rufous on the upper head and neck is deeper, nearly chestnut, and in the middle, from the bill down to the back, washed so strongly with dusky that it blends nearly imperceptibly with the blackish brown of the back, while the outer edges of the chestnut portion form a brighter band running from the sujiraloral region over the eyes and down along the sides of the neck, ill-defined above, but sharply contrasting with the gray of the sides of the head and neck. Lores, cheeks, fore neck and breast gray, darker than in the allied forms, and slightly washed with olivaceous. Entire abdomen and the tibiae very distinctly barred with whitish and dusky, the flanks similarly barred, the dusky bars, however, being darker, nearly blackish, and broader. The primary coverts are uniform without white bars or spots, while the other upper wing coverts are distinctly barred with white.
doi:10.5479/si.00963801.576.362 fatcat:r22eoy72c5bijhpkxhaqow3jne