1564. Hydrocissa coronata

(1564) Hydrocissa coronata (Bodd.).
THE MALABAR PIED HORNBILL.
Anthroacoceros coronatus. Fauna B, I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iv, p. 280.
Hydrocissa coronata, ibid. vol. viii, p. 678.
This Pied Hornbill occurs on the Western coast of India from Travancore, throughout the Bombay Presidency, to Ratnagiri ; the Central Provinces, Chota Nagpore, Bihar, Western Bengal and Orissa. It is also common in Ceylon.
There is practically nothing on record about the breeding of this Hornbill, though it is a very common bird in both Ceylon, Travancore and Kanara, Davidson had an egg brought to him with an old bird. Wait merely says that the curious nesting habits are those of the family and that it lays two to four eggs from March to June.
I have two eggs in my collection, given by Barnes to J. C. Parker, which were taken in Ratnagiri on the 11th March and a single egg taken with a young bird by Stewart on the 15th March in Travancore.
Their habits seem to he exactly the same as those already recorded for the Great Hornbill, and they have the same custom of walling in the entrance to the nest-hole as soon as the female commences to incubate.
The three eggs in my collection, referred to above, measure 54.0 x 37.4, 55.0 x 36.2 and 56.2 x 41.3 mm. All three are very stained, the single one being almost the colour of mahogany.

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: 
1564. Hydrocissa coronata
Spp Author: 
Bodd.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1564
Year: 
1934
Page No: 
431
Common name: 
Malabar Pied Hornbill
M_ID: 
9628
M_CN: 
Malabar Pied Hornbill
M_SN: 
Anthracoceros coronatus
Volume: 
Vol. 3
id: 
14713

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