1403. Chrysocolaptes festivus

(1403) Chrysocolaptes festivus (Bodd.).
THE BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER.
Chrysocolaptes festivus, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iv, p. 77.
There is nothing to add to the distribution of this bird as given in the ‘Fauna,’ “Ceylon ; Travancore and Malabar, Bombay Presidency, Central India, North to Dehra Dun, the United Pro¬vinces, Chota Nagpore in Bengal and Bihar.” There are specimens in the British Museum labelled “Sikkim” and “Assam,” undoubt¬edly by mistake.
Davidson took eggs of this bird in Kanara from holes in trees in forest, nearly always a single egg, Howard Campbell took a single egg “from a nest-hole in a tree growing in a shola, of mixed forest” in the Nilgiris, while Stewart took yet another single egg from a “tree in forest,”
In Ceylon, however, Wait says that “they lay one to three eggs. The nest-holes are bored in large trees in jungle clearings and round villages ; generally very high up. The same tree is used year after year, a fresh entrance being cut out each year. One egg measures 1.25 x .88 inch” (=31.7 x 22.4 mm.). He gives the breeding season for Ceylon as “March and again in August,” but in India it appears to be December to early March.
Five eggs, all singletons, average 31.2 x 24.1 mm. : maxima 32.1 x 25.9 mm. ; minima 29.9 x 24.2 and 31.7 x 22.4 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: 
1403. Chrysocolaptes festivus
Spp Author: 
Bodd.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1403
Year: 
1934
Page No: 
309
Common name: 
Black Backed Woodpecker
M_ID: 
11131
M_SN: 
Chrysocolaptes festivus
Volume: 
Vol. 3
id: 
14511

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