1456. Cuculus mieropterus mieropterus

(1456) Cuculus micropterus micropterus Gould.
Cuculus micropterus micropterus, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iv, p. 144. '
Although this Cuckoo, with its well known call “bo-kotta-ko,” is known to everyone all over India, and undoubtedly breeds almost everywhere from Ceylon to 5,000 or 7,000 feet in the Himalayas and again outside India all through Northern China to Japan, practically nothing is known about its breeding.
Two oviduct eggs are known, both fragments only. The first is one taken by La Touche in China, which is described as being pinkish-white, marked with rich red and carmine, very like some eggs of the Dicruridoe. The other egg is one obtained from the oviduct of a female shot by Stewart in Travancore, which is all blue., of a rather grey shade. There is also an egg obtained by a collector for Capt. R. E. Skinner. The Cuckoo was seen sitting in a nest of the Paradise Flycatcher. The man watched the Cuckoo until it flew off, and then on inspecting the nest found it contained two ‘eggs of the Flycatcher and a blue egg, presumably that of the Cuckoo, Finally Rattray took several blue eggs of Cuckoos, which he attributed to this species, in the Murree Galis, These were deposited in the nests of Trochalopterum lineatum, Hodgsonius phoenicuroides, Larvivora brunnea and Saxicola torquata indica, all of which birds lay blue or bluish eggs. They are probably correctly identified as those of the present bird, but in appearance are not distinguishable from those of the common Cuckoo.
Twenty-four of these eggs average 23.7 x 18.1 mm. : maxima 26.0 x 19.0 and 25.1 x 20.0 mm. ; minima 22.8 x 17.9 and 23.0 x 17.0 mm.
Rattray’s eggs were taken in late May and June, but in the plains of India it commences to call in early April and must lay much earlier than it does in the hills. Possibly its normal egg will be found to so closely resemble the eggs of its foster parent that it is impossible to distinguish it by a casual examination,

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 3. 1934.
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1456. Cuculus mieropterus mieropterus
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Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Indian Cuckoo
Cuculus micropterus micropterus
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