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This current passes over Afghanistan and the former NW. Frontier Province, down through Baluchistan and Sind, then across the Arabian Sea and the tip of southern Arabia into Somalia, Abyssinia, and further south in the African continent. Such species as the Kashmir Roller (Coracius garrulus smenowi), European Nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus unwini), European and Bluecheeked Bee-eaters (Merops apiaster and M. s. persicus), Redbacked Shrike (Lanius collun'o), Rock Thrush (Morlticola saxatilis), Greybacked Chat (Erythropygia galactotes familiaris), Indian Whitethroat (Sylvia communis icterops), Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata neumanni), and others, travel regularly by this route.

A. MIGRATION xxxv of the Thar or Indian Desert to the east, veers further south in a southeasterly direction to cross the Great Rann of Kutch, northern Gujarat and Saurashtra and enter the Indian peninsula. This stream is augmented in its course by migrants travelling SSE. from W. Asia -from the Caspian-Aral region through Iran, Afghanistan, Baluchistan, and Lower Sind. This, in broad outline, is the general picture that emerges from a consideration of the data available. But it is largely conjectural and hypothetical and needs verifying by more intensive studies.

The recent ice ages of the Pleistocene may well have coincided with increased rainfall or pluvial periods in the tropics. Greater humidity and accompanying cloud cover hclp to create cooler average temperatures. All these conditions would suffice to lower temperatures sufficiently on mountain ranges or highlands so that temporary avenues or highways xlii ZOOGEOGRAPHY OF INDIAN S U B R E G I O N for mountain stepping-stone-hopping can be provided for species of animals and plants adapted to cooler climates.

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