1260. Aethopyga siparaja cara

(1260) Aethopyga siparaja cara Hume.
THE TENASSERIM YELLOW-BACKED SUNBIRD.
Aethopyga siparaja cara, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iii, p. 376.
This Yellow-backed Sunbird ranges from about the latitude of Rangoon in Central Burma to the extreme South of Tenasserim ; it also occurs in South and South-West Siam.
Hopwood is, I believe, the only collector who has taken the nest and eggs of this bird. Two nests taken by him in Tavoy on the 16th January and 18th February are described as “in each case resembling the nest of Ae. seherioe. They were neatly woven, pear-shaped, with no portico, and thickly lined with silky papyrus, probably of Calotropis sp. ; each nest contained a single egg.”
In epistola Hopwood informs me that the two nests were pendent from small branches of bushes about 3 or 4 feet from the ground.
The two eggs, now in my collection, differ greatly. One is very like a small egg of the common Purple Sunbird, the ground grey-white faintly tinged with yellow, profusely freckled with grey, becoming less and less towards the small end. The second egg is a beautiful creamy pink, marked exactly like the other egg but with bright brick-red. This I should imagine to be an abnormal erythristic egg.
In shape the eggs are short, pointed ovals, glossless and very fragile.
They measure 15.2 x 11.1 and 14.9 x 10.0 mm.

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: 
1260. Aethopyga siparaja cara
Spp Author: 
Hume.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1260
Year: 
1934
Page No: 
201
Common name: 
Tenasserim Yellow Backed Sunbird
M_ID: 
29265
M_SN: 
Aethopyga siparaja cara
Volume: 
Vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
14345

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