14. Corvus splendens protegatus

(14) Corvus splendens protegatus Madarasz.
THE CEYLON HOUSE-CROW.
Corvus splendens protegatus, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 35.
The Ceylon House-Crow breeds in Ceylon, to which island it is confined, all along the coast-line wherever there are towns, villages or scattered human habitations but, according to Wait, it does not occur inland nor does it ascend the hills. It breeds from May to August, the great majority of birds laying in May.
The full clutch of eggs is smaller than in the more Northern forms, three or four forming the normal number, whilst two only are some┬Čtimes laid. Neither Wait, Phillips, Tunnard nor any other of the more recent field workers have ever taken five from a nest. The eggs vary but little and are, on the whole, indistinguishable from those of the Indian bird, though they are, as one would expect, considerably smaller.
One hundred eggs, mostly taken by Wait, average 34.8 x 25.6 mm. : maxima 41.0 x 26.3 and 37.2 x 27.1 mm. ; minima 31.0 x 24.9 and 34.2 x 24.2 mm.
The Koel victimizes both species of Crow in Ceylon just as it does elsewhere.

BookTitle: 
The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Reference: 
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 1. 1932.
Title in Book: 
14. Corvus splendens protegatus
Spp Author: 
Madarasz.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
14
Year: 
1932
Page No: 
20
Common name: 
Ceylon House Crow
M_ID: 
20519
M_SN: 
Corvus splendens protegatus
Volume: 
Vol. 1
Term name: 
id: 
13239

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