760. Grauealus maeei layardi

(760) Graucalus macei layardi Blyth.
THE CEYLON LARGE CUCKOO-SHRIKE.
Graucalus macei layardi, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. ii, p. 345.
This race is, as its name infers, restricted to Ceylon. According to Wait (‘Birds of Ceylon,’ 2nd ed. p. 76), this Shrike is “not very abundant, but fairly widely distributed in the drier forest tracts of the lower country. It also occurs in Uva and at other medium elevations, where the rainfall is not too heavy. It is rather a shy forest bird, generally found in tall trees in the neighbour¬hood of rivers and tanks. It breeds, apparently, in July and August, chiefly in palu-trees. The nest, which is small for the size of the bird, is a shallow cup of small twigs, lined inside with grass and leaves and felted with cobwebs to the top of a branch, or into a fork high up in a tree.”
The only eggs I have seen were a pair taken on the 25th June. These are exactly like those of the Southern bird and measure 31.0 x 22.3 and 32.0 x 22.3 mm.

BookTitle: 
The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Reference: 
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 2. 1933.
Title in Book: 
760. Grauealus maeei layardi
Spp Author: 
Blyth.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
760
Year: 
1933
Page No: 
310
Common name: 
Ceylon Large Cuckoo Shrike
M_ID: 
18384
M_SN: 
Coracina macei layardi
Volume: 
Vol. 2
Term name: 
id: 
13896

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