754. Lalage melaschista avensis

(754) Lalage melaschista avensis Blyth.
THE PALE GREY CUCKOO-SHRIKE.
Lalage melaschista avensis, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. ii, p. 338.
This race of Cuckoo-Shrike is found over practically the whole of Burma, Shan States, Siam, Yunnan and the Indo-Chinese countries to South China.
The breeding habits of this bird are, as one would expect, identical with those of the preceding bird, and there is nothing one can add to what has already been said in regard to the Dark Grey Cuckoo- Shrike.
In Tenasserim two nests were taken by one of my collectors in May ; Pershouse took three nests in Maymyio in that month, and I have one from the same place taken on the 14th June. In China, round about Hongkong, Messrs. Jones and Vaughan took many nests with eggs in May, June and July.
Vaughan has recorded one clutch of six eggs but, with this exception, the number of eggs laid is said generally to be three, sometimes two and, once only, four.
They are not distinguishable from those of the Dark Grey Cuckoo- Shrike and are of the same two types, the first, and most common, giving one the impression of dark grey streaked eggs and the second of dark brown streaked eggs.
Thirty eggs average 33.7 x 17.9 mm. : maxima 25.1 x 18.0 and 23.3 x18.7 mm. ; minima 20.3 x 18.0 and 22.8 x 16.5 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: 
754. Lalage melaschista avensis
Spp Author: 
Blyth.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
754
Year: 
1933
Page No: 
304
Common name: 
Pale Grey Cuckoo Shrike
M_ID: 
18579
M_SN: 
Coracina melaschistos avensis
Volume: 
Vol. 2
id: 
13891

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