1627. Caprimulgus indicus kelaarti

(1627) Caprimulgus indicus kelaarti Blyth.
THE CEYLON JUNGLE NIGHTJAR.
Caprimulgus indicus kelaarti, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iv, p. 368.
This small race of Jungle Nightjar occurs only in Ceylon and in South Travancore, but there are many birds to be found in Southern India which approach the Ceylon bird very closely in their small size and dark colour.
Nearly all the notes under this name in Hume’s ‘Nests and Eggs’ refer to the Northern form, and very little is known of the nidification of the Ceylon subspecies.
Wait’s summary of its habits and nidification is : “Occurs mainly on the hills of the central ranges down to about 3,000 feet, but Legge also found it at the foot of Friars Hood in the Eastern Province.
“It is to be met with chiefly on the patanas, open forest glades and ‘eliyas’ of the higher hills. It is noisiest in the breeding season, which is about April and May. The usual two eggs are laid on the ground under a bush.”
Bourdillon says that in Travancore “it breeds in March-May and prefers grass-land at the edge of forest.” Wait, Phillips and Tunnard have all taken its eggs in Ceylon, and these are just small replicas of those of the Indian Jungle Nightjar and seem to be laid in similar places.
Generally speaking the breeding season seems to be March to early May, hut Phillips took one pair of eggs on the 8th July.
Twelve eggs average 28.1 x 20. mm. : maxima 29.9 x 21.6 mm. ; minima 26.8 x 20.0 mm.

BookTitle: 
The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Reference: 
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 3. 1934.
Title in Book: 
1627. Caprimulgus indicus kelaarti
Spp Author: 
Blyth.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1627
Year: 
1934
Page No: 
485
Common name: 
Ceylon Jungle Nightjar
M_ID: 
7285
M_SN: 
Caprimulgus indicus kelaarti
Volume: 
Vol. 3
id: 
14788

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