364. Aegithina tiphia humei

(364) Aegithina tiphia humei Stuart Baker.
AEgithina tiphia humei, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 342.
This race was named by me from a Raipur bird and there are similar specimens in the British Museum from South and West Rajputana, the Central Provinces and the United Provinces South of the Ganges.
It is the same familiar little bird in its own area as are the other Ioras elsewhere and is just as common, frequenting gardens, parks, villages, road-sides and bush and scrub-jungle.
Like the Common Iora, it seems very partial to Mango-trees as a site for its nest but, like that bird also, it will breed in practically any bush or tree that happens to take its fancy, and in Neemuch Barnes found them nesting in Guava-trees.
The breeding season seems to be a long one and I have eggs taken in April and July by Barnes in Saugur ; in May and July, in Khamptee, by Mac Arthur and Kemp, and in July and August round Baroda by Sir Percy Cox, whilst Littledale records its breeding season for the same place as June to October.
There is nothing to note about either the nest or eggs, both of which are indistinguishable from those of the other Ioras, but I have one clutch of three eggs which is rather unusual. The ground¬colour is a pinkish-clay and the spots and small smudges of dark brown and lavender are all confined to the larger end and are not streaky.
The number of eggs laid is two or three, though I have one clutch of four taken by Barnes in Saugur.
The average of twenty eggs is 17.5 X 13.5 mm. : maxima 19.0 x 13.7 and 17.9 x 14.0 mm. ; minima 16.5 x 13.0 mm.

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 1. 1932.
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