7. Corvus levaillanti intermedius

(7) Corvus levaillanti intermedius Adams.
Corvus coronoides intermedius, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 28.
Corvus levaillanti intermedius, ibid. vol. vii, p. 593.
The Himalayan Jungle-Crow is much more a bird of the true forest than either of the two preceding races, though odd pairs may often be found in the vicinity of villages surrounded by forest. It breeds right along the Himalayas from Afghanistan to Western Assam, North of the Brahmapootra, being common between 2,000 and 9,000 feet and, occurring in smaller numbers, at least 1,000 feet higher and, on the other hand, into the foot-hills. Here, however, the birds are intermediate between the Himalayan and Northern Indian more typical specimens. In Sikkim Meinertzhagen met with it at 13,000 feet on the “Tibetan plateau” and records it as occur¬ring, though by no means common, in Baltistan up to 12,000 feet, whilst it is also common throughout the whole of Kashmir proper. Almost any tree in either evergreen or deciduous forest may be selected for the nest to be built in. Round about Simla and in the Garhwal Hills the Deodar seems to be the favourite. In other places Pine trees are often used but any tree big enough will suffice, though this Crow seldom places its nest low down in a small tree as the Plains birds so often do. The breeding season throughout its range seems to be April and May, whilst a fair number of eggs are laid in March.
The eggs differ from those of the two races already described not only in being decidedly bigger but in being much more richly coloured and uniformly rather darker, yet not so dark as those of the next race, andamanensis, or of the Malayan form macrorhynchus. The full clutch of eggs of these Northern birds runs larger than those of the more Southern forms and six is by no means an uncommon number, though most often five only are laid.
One hundred and twenty eggs average 44.8 x 31.3 mm. : maxima 47.5 x 31.0 and 45.0 x 33.0 mm. ; minima 40.4 x 30. and 43.2 x 28.2 mm. An abnormally long narrow egg measures 48.2 x 28.2 mm.

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 1. 1932.
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7. Corvus levaillanti intermedius
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Himalayan Jungle Crow
Corvus macrorhynchos intermedius
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