1280. Leptocoma asiatica brevirostris

(1279) Leptocoma asiatica Intermedia Hume.
THE BURMESE PURPLE SUNBIRD.
Leptocoma asiatica intermedia, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iii, p. 398.
This race of the Purple Honeysucker extends from the districts East of Bengal and Southern Assam, Manipur and the Chin Hills South throughout the plains of Burma to Tenasserim and East to the Shan States and Karenni.
It is resident wherever found but nowhere seems to occur in the same numbers as does its cousin in India, As to its nidification, there is nothing to differentiate it from that of the preceding bird Its nest is the same untidy little pear-shaped affair and is made of the same miscellaneous materials and placed in very similar positions. In Silchar the bird was not rare in gardens in the station, breeding in them and almost invariably building its nest in among creepers growing over trellis-work arches. In the Upper and Lower Chindwin Hopwood and Macdonald took many nests, but here the birds often placed them in thorny bushes, generally hanging them from an outer pendent twig.
It occurs in most of the hill ranges up to 4,000 feet and exception¬ally up to 5,000 feet.
Their principal breeding month is April. Hopwood, Mackenzie and Macdonald took them in this month in the Upper and Lower Chindwin, in Arakan and in Tenasserim. In April also Livesey obtained its nest in the Southern Shan States, while in Assam April was also the favourite month. I, however, took eggs in May and, as I saw young almost able to fly in the second week of April, it must sometimes lay in March, while I have heard of a nest con¬taining eggs on the 18th June in Silchar.
The eggs number two or three and are in all respects like those of L. a. asiatica, the same long ovals in shape and with the same dull texture and fragile shells.
Thirty-five eggs average 15.9 x 11.5 mm. : maxima 18.1 x 12.5 mm. ; minima 14.2 x 11.0 and 15.3 x 10.8 mm.
I have seen both sexes actively engaged, in building and the, male not only brings much of the material for the nest but also sometimes places it in position. I do not think he ever incubates.

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: 
1280. Leptocoma asiatica brevirostris
Spp Author: 
Blanf.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1280
Year: 
1934
Page No: 
218
Common name: 
Sine Purple Sunbird
M_ID: 
29153
M_SN: 
Cinnyris asiaticus brevirostris
Volume: 
Vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
14367

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