37. Crypsirhina cucullata

(37) Crypsirhina cucullata Jerdon.
THE HOODED RACKET-TAILED MAGPIE.
Crypsirhina cucullata, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 57.
This little Magpie breeds in Central Burma, South to Tenasserim but, according to Kloss, is not found in the Malay Peninsula.
Very little as yet is known about its nidification, but Harington obtained its eggs, first through a collector and then personally at Monywa, on the Upper Chindwin, in May 1904, and later in May 1910 at Pymmana. In epistola he writes :—“I was unfortunately laid up when the birds were breeding but had marked down a bit of jungle whore they were plentiful and got the Deputy Commissioner to send out, ordering the Head-man to collect for me, and I also gave him a skin and the Burmese name for the bird. They sent in two nests with branches complete and some eggs.
“The nests were very neat, made in some thorny tree, with a thorny foundation to the nest and sides going slightly over the lips of the nest proper, very like a miniature P. rustica (Magpie) inverted. The nest inside was very like a flimsy Bulbul’s.”
The only other known nest of this Magpie is one which Mackenzie took on the 14th July at Prome. The eggs are not distinguishable from those of the preceding bird, but the few I have average paler, and one clutch of four taken by Harington is more reddish.
Nine eggs average 22.5 x 17.0 mm. : maxima 25.1 x 18.3 mm. ; minima 22.8 x 17.2 mm.
So far as has been ascertained the birds place their nest at heights between 5 and 10 feet from the ground just as the preceding bird does, but, unlike that bird, prefers a bush or tree standing in some strip of forest or jungle rather than one standing in open grass-land.

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: 
37. Crypsirhina cucullata
Spp Author: 
Jerdon.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
37
Year: 
1932
Page No: 
44
Common name: 
Hooded Racket Tailed Magpie
M_ID: 
20453
M_CN: 
Hooded Treepie
M_SN: 
Crypsirina cucullata
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
13265

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