968. Lamprocorax panayensis tytleri

(968) Lamprocorax panayensis tytleri (Hume).
THE ANDAMAN GLOSSY STARE.
Lamprocorax panayensis tytleri, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iii, p. 23.
Osmaston, Wickham and Anderson found this Stare extremely common round Port Blair, and it probably extends through most of the islands of the Andamans and Nicobars.
Davison first found them breeding in the latter islands, where they nested “in holes in trees and in the decayed stumps of old cocoanut-palms, apparently from December to March. In the Andamans it is much less common, and is only met with in pairs or small parties, frequenting the same situation as it does in the Nicobars.”
Since Davison visited Port Blair they have evidently become much more numerous, and Osmaston took many nests in holes in Cocoanut-palms, padouk, and other trees, generally at a considerable height from the ground, whilst Wickham remarks that “they are often very high up.”
The nests and the sites selected are similar to those of the preceding race, but they are never built in human habitations, bridges etc., always in trees, among which Cocoanut-palms seem to be the favourite.
The breeding season is from the middle of March to the third week of May, most birds laying in April.
The number of eggs laid is from two to four, the former probably being incomplete clutches.
The eggs contrast very strongly with those of the preceding bird. The ground varies from pure white to a skim-milk blue, in one clutch only the blue being at all strongly developed. The markings are specks and small blotches of reddish-brown, more numerous than in L. p. strigatus but never big blotches as in that bird’s eggs, nor have I seen any which form rings or caps, though they are less sparse at the larger end than elsewhere.
In texture and shape they agree with those of the preceding bird.
Thirty eggs average 26.6 x 19.7 mm. : maxima 29.0 x 21.0 mm. : minima 23.8 x 19.8 and 25.0 x 19.1 mm.

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: 
968. Lamprocorax panayensis tytleri
Spp Author: 
Hume
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
968
Year: 
1933
Page No: 
512
Common name: 
Andaman Glossy Stare
M_ID: 
26692
M_SN: 
Aplonis panayensis tytleri
Volume: 
Vol. 2
Term name: 
id: 
14067

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