989. Ampeliceps coronatus

(989) Ampeliceps coronatus Blyth.
THE GOLD-CRESTED MYNA.
Ampeliceps coronatus, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iii, p. 44.
This, the most handsome of all the Mynas, occurs from Assam and Eastern Bengal and the Indo-Chinese countries South to Trang in the Malay Peninsula. It probably occurs in the lower hills and broken country in the plains throughout Burma.
Very little is known about the breeding of this bird. Davison found one nest, which is recorded in Hume’s ‘Nests and Eggs,’ as follows :—“On the 13th April, 1874, two miles from the town of Tavoy, on a low range of hills about 200 feet above sea-level, I found a nest of the Gold-crest Grackle. The nest was about 20 feet from the ground in a hole in a branch of a large tree. It was composed entirely of coarse dry grass, mixed with dried leaves, twigs and bits of bark, but contained no feathers, rags, or such substances as are usually found in the nests of other Mynas. The nest contained three young ones a day or two old.”
In North Cachar it was a rare bird, but occurred between the level of the plains and some 3,000 feet, though seldom above 1,500. The only nest I ever found contained two young and an addled egg, so fragile that, though I kept it for many years, it has now crumbled away. The nest consisted only of grass and a few supple twigs and had no green leaves for a lining ; it was placed in a hole in a tree-trunk about 15 feet from the ground, standing in thin forest. The nest was found on the 27th April.
A nest taken by Hopwood at Maungmagan, on the sea-coast of Tavoy, was in a hole in a Casuarina-tree about 40 feet from the ground and consisted merely of a few fine Casuarina-twigs. On the 30th April it contained three eggs, a rather paler blue than the eggs of Sturnia malabarica, with a more glossy shell.
They measure 28.8 x 20.0, 26.0 x 21.0 and 24.8 x 20.0 mm. ; in shape they are broad, blunt ovals.

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: 
989. Ampeliceps coronatus
Spp Author: 
Blyth.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
989
Year: 
1933
Page No: 
521
Common name: 
Gold Crested Myna
M_ID: 
26768
M_CN: 
Golden-crested Myna
M_SN: 
Ampeliceps coronatus
Volume: 
Vol. 2
id: 
14079

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