1463. Cacomantis merulinus querulus

(1463) Cacomantis merulinus querulus Heine.
Cacomantis merulinus querulus, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iv, p. 156.
This race takes the place of the preceding form in the East of Bengal and Assam, thence extending over the whole of Burma to the Northern Malay States. It also occurs and breeds in great numbers in the Shan States and extends to Yunnan, Annam, Cochin China, South China and Siam. It is found in the foot-hills, plains and up to an elevation of some 6,000 feet, but is probably most numerous between 2,000 and 5,000 feet.
In the Khasia Hills this little Cuckoo is very common, depositing its eggs in the neats of the still more common Cisticola cursitans or the equally common Brown Hill-Warbler. After these two the birds most frequently cuckolded are the Tailor-birds and species of Franklinia. In Burma, however, Fielden obtained the eggs in the Tailor-birds' nests only, and in Hong Kong this latter bird was practically the sole foster parent, Jones taking many eggs of this Cuckoo in their nests.
In ground-colour the eggs vary from pure white to pale blue as in the eggs of C. m. passerinus and they are marked in the same way as those of that race. In fact the eggs vary in almost the same degree, both in ground and marking, as do the fosterers’, and I am sure that at first I overlooked many Cuckoo’s eggs in the nests of Suya khasiana and Suya crinifera. As a rule the eggs are more smearingly blotched than are those of the Hill-Warbler, and often their larger size at once betrays them.
Thirty eggs taken at random from some hundreds average about 19.8 x 13.8 mm.
They breed from early April to the end of June and in almost equal number in July, while I have taken many Suya nests in August with Cuckoos’ eggs in them.

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 3. 1934.
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1463. Cacomantis merulinus querulus
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Burmese Plaintive Cuckoo
Cacomantis merulinus querulus
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