1097. Passer domesticus nigrieollis

(1097) Passer domesticus nigricollis (Burton).
THE BURMESE HOUSE-SPARROW*.
Passer domesticus confucius, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iii, p. 172. Passer domesticus nigricollis, ibid. vol. viii, p. 656.
This House-Sparrow has a very wide range, being found in Ceylon, the whole of India South and East of the preceding race. They occur over the whole of Burma as far East as Karenni and as far South as Moulmein. Birds from Nepal and Sikkim are inter¬mediate between the present race and parkini, but may more conveniently be placed with the Indian bird.
There is little one can write about the nidification of this race which is not applicable to all. Where thatch roofs are available they undoubtedly prefer nesting in these to any other place. They are just as bold, bullying and impertinent as are all other Sparrows and, wherever they follow mankind into the hill-stations, they steadily push out the Tree-Sparrow and Cinnamon Sparrow. In Eastern Assam the Tree-Sparrow was the common bird in all stations, building in the thatch of every house ; now the land knows him no more. So, also, when I first went to Shillong, the Cinnamon Sparrow was common in all gardens, breeding in the thatch roofs of the hungalows, but now they have almost entirely gone away, driven out by the House-Sparrow.
The principal breeding season is April to July, though nests with eggs may be found in almost any month of the year. In Burma March and April are probably the two favourite months.
The eggs, four to six in number, are like those of the preceding birds, the brown-tinted ones being rather more numerous.
One hundred and forty eggs average 20.7 x 14.8 mm, : maxima 23.1 x 15.6 mm. ; minima 17.3 x 14.4 and 18.2 x 13.7 mm.
* Though Burton described this race from Fort Pitt, Chatham, in South India., it seems better to give this as the trivial name, for the bird is found over a greater area than the term "Southern Indian" would infer.

BookTitle: 
The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Reference: 
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 3. 1934.
Title in Book: 
1097. Passer domesticus nigrieollis
Spp Author: 
Burton.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1097
Year: 
1934
Page No: 
76
Common name: 
Burmese House Sparrow
Volume: 
Vol. 3
id: 
14193

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