(759) Graucalus macei nipalensis.
The Large Himalaya. Cuckoo-Shrike.
Graucalus nipalensis Hodgs., Ind. Rev., i, p. 327 (1837) (Nepal). Graucalus macei. Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 496 (part.).
Vernacular names. Talling-pho (Lepcha).
Description. Similar to G. macei macei, but larger, with a wing averaging 178.5 mm. and for males between 170 and 191 mm. and for females between 163 and 185 mm. The throat and fore-neck of the adult female are barred.
Distribution. The lower hills of the Himalayas from Garhwal and Western Nepal, through Sikkim, Bhutan and the hills of Western Assam; South to Northern Behar and North-east Bengal West of the Brahmaputra.
Nidification. Similar to that of the last bird, but the few eggs I have seen are very big, averaging about 33.6 x 23.4: mm.
Habits. This race is found almost entirely in the broken foothills and lower mountains up to some 4,000 feet during the breeding-season, probably wandering up to about 6,000 feet on rare occasions. A few birds, however, undoubtedly remain in the plains during the Summer and I have such records from Jalpaiguri, Darrang in Assam, Calcutta, Northern Behar, etc. Like the last bird it is only found in well-wooded country, and prefers forest to open plains and cultivated tracts.