997. Acridotheres tristis melanosternus

(997) Acridotheres tristis melanosternus Legge.
THE COMMON CEYLON MYNA.
Acridotheres tristis melanosternus, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iii, p. 55.
This race of the Common Myna is confined to Ceylon where, though not so ubiquitous everywhere as the Indian bird, it is still very common at all heights up to 4,000 feet or more and throughout the plains.
Except that it never makes a nest, either domed or cup-shaped, in trees, it agrees entirely with the preceding bird in all its breeding habits. Its favourite site for its nest is a deserted nesting-hole of a Woodpecker or Barbet in a Cocoanut-palm.
According to Wait the breeding season extends from March to August, but he has himself taken eggs up to November and, probably, odd nests with eggs may be taken any month of the year.
This Myna only lays three or four eggs, though Wait has once taken five and two only are sometimes incubated.
They are exactly like those of the Indian bird, fifty eggs averaging 28.7 x 21.5 mm. : maxima 32.9 x 21.7 and 32.2 x 22.6 mm. ; minima 28.0 x 20.9 mm.

BookTitle: 
The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Reference: 
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 2. 1933.
Title in Book: 
997. Acridotheres tristis melanosternus
Spp Author: 
Legge.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
997
Year: 
1933
Page No: 
527
Common name: 
Common Ceylon Myna
M_ID: 
26799
M_SN: 
Acridotheres tristis melanosternus
Volume: 
Vol. 2
id: 
14086

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