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Crown unspotted or with only fine dots, and upperside mostly unspotted. Underside mostly white with band across upper breast and barring on flanks. Folded wings have rows of white. Have white-feathered legs, yellowish feet with black claws, yellowish bill and pale yellow eyes.
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Central India: rediscovered in the plains and foothills of the Akrani Range; historical range included parts of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, and Orissa. Habitat loss is suspected to be a threat to this species (7 known pairs in 2000).
This taxon is often included in the genus Athene.
Open decidous forest with grassy understory.
Largely diurnal, with signs of being a predator dependent on a sit-and-wait strategy. Prey is largely reptiles.
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