No. 58. Baza Lophotes. CUVIER
THE CRESTED BLACK KITE.
Nothing is known of the nidification of this rare species, of which I have never myself procured a specimen.
Of the nearly allied Australian B. Subcristata, all Mr. Gould tells us is, that he has received an egg, procured in the bushes of the Clarence, said to belong to this species, which egg is a pure white, and measures about 1.63 by 1.26.
The crested Black Kites are essentially an Oceanic type. Besides the Australian species, already referred to, we have, according to Wallace, the typical B. Reinwardti from Bouru, Amboyna and Ceram, and a somewhat smaller race of the same species from New Guinea, the Aru and Ke Ilds, Salwatty and Timor; B. Rufa, from Batchian, and Gilolo; B. Magnirostris, from Celebes and the Sula Islands, and possibly Borneo and the Philippines; and B. Sumatrensis from Sumatra.
As for the Indian species, it occurs in Ceylon, on the east coast of the Peninsula, in Lower Bengal, Assam, Tipperah, and British Burmah, but as far as I can make out, only as a seasonal visitant, during the latter part of the rains and the early part of the cold season.
Schlegel says, that our bird is found in Malacca, which Mr. Wallace seems to question, but Blyth says, he has repeatedly seen it from thence. As for its being more frequently met with in the lower ranges of the Himalayahs as Dr. Jerdon says, I doubt much its ever having been killed in these hills west of Nepal, and we must I suspect prefix " Eastern" to " Himalayahs," to make the passage accord with facts.