12. Corvus splendens zugmayeri

(12) Corvus splendens zugmayeri Laubm.
Corvus splendens zugmayeri, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 34.
The Sind House-Crow breeds in Baluchistan, Afghanistan, Sind, Mekran Coast, and S.E. Persia as far North as Fao. West it extends into the North-West Province and South. Punjab, though birds from Jhang and elsewhere in the North are of the common Indian race. They are very common in Kashmir and, according to Meinertzhagen, are found in Sikkim and in Ladak. In Sikkim he records them as common at Gangtok, 5,800 feet, and about Darjeeling at 7,000 feet. At the latter place, however, all the birds I have seen were the Bengal Plains bird, as one would have expected, as these Crows always follow civilization and humanity into the hills and mountains as well as everywhere else. Here, doubtless, they had followed up the railway during construction, attracted by the gar¬bage available all along the route at the camps of the coolies working on the embankments. In Sind wherever there are houses with trees of any kind about them the birds are very numerous and in Karachi they simply swarm. General Betham obtained a fine series of their eggs which he sent me with the following note :—
“These eggs were all taken in Karachi City, many in the most frequented of streets, others in gardens and in the Park, The nests were of the ordinary description of all House-Crows’ nests but, owing to the paucity of good nesting sites and the scarcity of building material, an everlasting quarrel went on among the Crows, who often pulled other birds nests to pieces, even when they had eggs and young, in order to obtain twigs for their own nests. For this reason it was difficult to get full clutches as, during the fights, so many eggs were knocked out of the nests. I found them breeding all through June, most during the latter half and, while a few may have laid earlier, others were still nesting in July.”
Ticehurst, however, says that though the majority of birds breed from the end of May to July, a few, possibly those of the year, breed in November, as he has seen building going on on the 5th of that month and has seen young just hatched on the 15th.
In Kashmir they breed principally in May. They lay four or five eggs in a clutch, rarely six. Two or three, eggs are, however, often found incubated, the reason for these small clutches being as above explained by Betham.
CORVUS SPLENDENS ZUGMAYERI. The Sind House-Crow. (Karachi, Sind, 1918.)
Eighty eggs average 37.5 x 25.8 mm., measurements which would seem to make them out to be longer, more narrow eggs than those of the other races, though one does not notice nor appreciate this difference when looking at series of the various races placed side by side.
The maxima are 45.0 x 23.5 and 38.5 x 28.5 nun. ; minima 31.2 x 24.6 and 45.0 x 23.5 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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