1867. Dendrotreron hodgsonii

(1867) Dendrotreron hodgsonii (Vigors).
Dendrotreron hodgsonii, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. v, p. 234.
The Speckled Wood-Pigeon is found throughout the Himalayas from Kashmir to Eastern Assam and thence through the hills of Northern Burma to the Shan States.
It is a bird of high-level dense forests, and Elwes found it at 13,000 feet in Sikkim ; generally speaking it breeds between 8,000 and 11,000 feet, while in Assam it occurs in Summer as low as 6,000. Cock told Hume that it “breeds in Kashmir. In June I shot the birds, which were evidently breeding, in the Sonamarg Valley. I was not, however, fortunate enough to take their eggs.”
Ward also reports it as breeding at about 8,000 feet near Sonamarg, but there were no eggs of this bird in his collection when I acquired it.
The only two nests taken by myself were both found in a lofty hill-range, running to 6,000 feet, an offshoot of the Barail Range in North Cachar. Both nests were of the usual typo of Wood- Pigeon’s neat, a rough platform of twigs, green and dry, interwoven with one another, with but little depression for the eggs and no lining of any kind. Both were placed in small stunted Oaks and were built on horizontal boughs some 15 to 20 feet from the ground. In one case the nest half-rested on a clump of the sweet-scented white Orchid (Celogyne odorissima) and in the other case half on the bough and half on a cluster of twigs.
Towards the end of May and June W. P. Masson took six eggs on the Sikkim-Nepal frontier or a few miles inside Western Nepal. These nests were all taken at an elevation between 8,000 and 10,000 feet and all were built on boughs of small trees growing in stunted forest at heights between 8 and 25 feet from the ground. Each nest contained a single egg, similar to but a trifle smaller than the two taken hy myself in Hangrum.
Eight eggs average 39.3 x 30.1 mm. : maxima 41.5 x 29.4 mm. ; minima 33.9 x 25.9 mm. The average excludes this egg, and the next smallest is 35.3 x 27.9 mm.

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 4. 1935.
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Speckled Wood Pigeon
Speckled Wood Pigeon
Columba hodgsonii
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