1945. Bambusicola fytchii fytchii

(1945) Bambusicola fytchli fytchli Anderson.
THE YUNNAN BAMBOO-PARTRIDGE.
Bambusicola fytchli fytchli Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. v, p. 365.
This Bamboo-Partridge, which was named from Yunnan speci¬mens, ranges into Setchuan on the North-East and into the Kachin Hills and the North and South Shan States on the South and West.
Forrest found this bird common in Yunnan “in forests and thickets” between 6,000 and 10,000 feet, but Anderson first obtained it in the dense secondary growth of old rice clearings at about 3,000 feet.
Harington, Hopwood, Livesey, Mackenzie and Grant have all taken the eggs of this bird, generally between 2,000 and 5,000 feet and nearly always in thick cover, though this varies greatly in character. It may be evergreen forest, bamboo-jungle, thick secondary growth or dense scrub. It seems to keep almost exclusively to heavy cover when breeding, and I have no records of its nesting in high grass-land as the Assam bird so often does. Hopwood took the eggs in bamboo-jungle and also in forest, while I received some eggs from the Ruby Mines district said to have been taken from secondary growth in deserted cultivation.
The breeding season is apparently a late one, and I have eggs dated from the 22nd May to the 20th July.
The normal clutch so far as we know at present is four to six, and I have not heard of a larger clutch.
The eggs are in shape an oval, the smaller end well defined and sometimes pointed. The texture is extraordinarily close, hard and fine, while the shell is as thick as that of the egg of a Guinea Fowl and much stronger than that of the Jungle-Fowl.
The colour varies from a creamy-buff to a warm buff, quite spotless, and generally rather deep in tint.
Thirty-six eggs average 39.1 x 29.7 mm. : maxima 41.0 x 30.0 and 38.3 x 30.7 mm. ; minima 36.1 x 29.1 and 37.0 x 27.3 mm.
Nothing further is recorded of their breeding habits, but these will certainly be practically the same as those of the better known Assam bird.

BookTitle: 
The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Reference: 
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 4. 1935.
Title in Book: 
1945. Bambusicola fytchii fytchii
Spp Author: 
Anderson.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1945
Year: 
1935
Page No: 
231
Common name: 
Yunnan Bamboo Partridge
M_ID: 
1453
M_SN: 
Bambusicola fytchii fytchii
Volume: 
Vol. 4
id: 
15126

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