1467. Chalcites xanthorhynchus

(1467) Chalcites xanthorhynchus (Horsf.).
Chalcites xanthorhynchus, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iv, p. 160.
This beautiful little Cuckoo occurs in Eastern Bengal, Assam, Nicobars and Andamans, Malay Peninsula to Palawan and the Philippines. Siam.
So far as I know, no oviduct egg of this species has ever been obtained, but Inglis, Primrose, Hole, Coltart and myself have taken many eggs which are exactly like those laid by the Emerald Cuckoo, but which have been taken in ravines and other areas in which no Emerald Cuckoo was found and only the present species seen. I have no doubt that the identification of these eggs is correct. Most eggs were taken in the foot-hills between the plains and 2,000 feet, but the Violet Cuckoo is not rare up to 5,000 feet and I obtained eggs up to this height in the nests of Sun-birds built in Orange groves. Most of the eggs taken by myself were in the nests of the Little Spider-Hunter, the eggs of the Cuckoo agreeing well with those of the foster parent, though the ring of specks at the larger end is more brown than pinkish-red, the ground varying, as in the eggs of Arachnothera, from white to very pale pink. At lower levels the common fosterer is the Sunbird, Aethopyga s. seherioe, and here again the eggs of the Sunbird and those of the Cuckoo are much alike, though the latter are much bigger. The ground in these is white, smudgily blotched with light brown or reddish-brown, I have also taken eggs from the nests of Piprisoma and Cisticola, but these are, I think, abnormal fosterers.
The average of seven eggs is 17.2 x 12.5 mm. : maxima 17.9 x 13..3 mm. ; minima 17.2 x 12.5 mm.
The breeding season lasts from mid-April to the end of June.

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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1467. Chalcites xanthorhynchus
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Violet Cuckoo
Violet Cuckoo
Chrysococcyx xanthorhynchus
Vol. 3

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