Butastur teesa

Butastur teesa, Frankl.

48. :- Poliornis teesa, Frank. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 92; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. III, p. 447; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 374 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 86 ; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India; Ibis, 1885, p. 57 ; Hume's Scrap Book, p. 286.


Teesa, Hin.

Length, 16 to 18.2 ; expanse, 36 to 39 ; wing, 11 to 12.5 ; tail, 6.5 to 7.5 ; tarsus, 2 to 2.5 ; bill at gape, 1.2 to 1.4.

Bill yellowish-white, dusky at tip; irides stone-white, pale brown or dun in the young bird; legs and feet yellowish-white.

Upper plumage rufescent-brown, feathers dark shafted; forehead white; a conspicuous white nuchal mark; wing-coverts mottled light brown and whitish, feathers dark shafted; quills pale brown with narrow dark bars, and dark tip; winglet dark brown; tail pale rufous with indistinct bars, plainer towards the tip ; beneath chin and throat fulvescent, with a central dark chin-stripe, and a lateral one on each side, bounding the light chin; the rest of the lower parts hair-brown, banded on the abdomen, less so on the breast, with white bars ; thigh-coverts faintly barred with rufous, and the under tail-coverts unspotted fulvescent-white.

The young bird is brown above, paler and rufescent on the head, with a white eyebrow, and a nuchal spot; wing-coverts much mottled with white, forming a light wing-spot; quills pale brown, banded darker and white beneath ; tail pale rufescent, with dark bars on the inner webs, and on both near tip ; beneath, white or fulvescent, some of the feathers streaked with brown, especially on the breast and flanks.

The Teesa is very common, and is a permanent resident, breeding principally in April. The nest is usually placed high up in a fork in an umbrageous tree, often a mango forming one of a small clump, generally an outer one; it is a loose structure of sticks and twigs, unlined ; the eggs, from two to four (but most often three) in number are pale bluish-white, unspotted; they are oval in shape and measure about 1.8 in length by 1.5 in breadth.

Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
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