759. Graucalus macei nipalensis

(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.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds(second Edition)
Reference: 
Baker, EC S (1922–1930) The fauna of British India including Ceylon and Burma. Second edition. vol.2 1924.
Title in Book: 
759. Graucalus macei nipalensis
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
759
Year: 
1924
Page No: 
344
Common name: 
Large Himalaya Cuckoo Shrike
M_ID: 
18382
M_SN: 
Coracina macei nipalensis
Volume: 
Vol. 2
Term name: 
id: 
3373

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