1263. Aethopyga siparaja mussooriensis

(1263) Aethopyga siparaja mussooriensis Stuart Baker.
THE KUMAN YELLOW-BACKED SUNBIRD.
Aethopyga siparaja mussooriensis, Fauna B. I.„ Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iii, p. 380.
This Sunbird is found from the Afghan frontier through the Murree Hilla and Kuman to Garhwal at elevations of 5,000 feet upwards.
Like the preceding bird, this one frequents forest and scrub- jungle but, unlike that bird, the nest is, so far as is at present known, always attached to the end of twigs of bushes and brambles quite low down,
Whymper, who took a number of nests about Naini Tal between 6,000 and 7,000 feet, describes the nests as like those of seherioe taken by Moller in Sikkim but with more cotton-down, like those found by Primrose and myself.
He writes:—“The pear-shaped nests are placed low down in briar bushes. Over the entrance there is a slight porch. They are made of fibre and lined with white vegetable-down, showing through the network of fibre. A few dead leaves, strips of bark etc. are stuck on the nest and allowed to hang down.”
All Whymper’s nests were taken between the 1st and 25th. July and contained either two or three eggs. These are nearly all of the third type described for the preceding bird but are a little darker red. One clutch of three is marked with light brown but not very densely.
In shape and texture they are similar to other eggs of the genus.
Fifteen eggs average 15.3 x 11.4 mm. : maxima 16.2 x 12.0 mm. ; minima 14.4 x 11.5 and 15.0 x 10.5 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: 
1263. Aethopyga siparaja mussooriensis
Spp Author: 
Stuart baker.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1263
Year: 
1934
Page No: 
203
Common name: 
Kuman Yellow Backed Sunbird
M_ID: 
29258
M_CN: 
Crimson Sunbird
M_SN: 
Aethopyga siparaja
Volume: 
Vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
14348

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