33. Dendrocitta formosae assimilis

(33) Dendrocitta formosae assimilis Hume.
THE BURMESE HILL TREE-PIE.
Dendrocitta formosoe assimilis, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. viii, p. 595.
This race breeds in Burma in the hills and mountains everywhere South of the range of the preceding bird—that is to say, South of Arrakan—but extending into the South of the Chin and Kachin Hills and Shan States. It is also found in the Andamans, being not uncommon around Port Blair. Burmese birds, until one gets almost into Tenasserim, are somewhat intermediate, and in the ‘Fauna’ I included them in the Indian form. The birds, however, obtained by Hopwood, Grant and Mackenzie seem really nearer the Southern form, and I now place them with it, though one would almost be justified in admitting them into a third and intermediate race. It also breeds in some numbers in the Andamans. In this last-mentioned area eggs have only been taken in April but, else¬where, it breeds from the middle of April to the end of June. The nest and its sites are described as similar to those of the Himalayan birds and the eggs cannot be distinguished from them. Mac¬kenzie notes his nests as having been obtained in country varying from “fairly open jungle” to “dense humid forest.” Apparently, like the last, bird it prefers to breed in glades on banks of streams and in other more open parts of heavy forest, coming more into the open and into cultivation during the winter.
Fifty-three eggs average 29.1 x 21.4 mm. : maxima 32.0 x 21.1 and 30.1 x 22.5 mm. ; minima 25.5 x 20.25 and 29.0 x 19.5 mm.
The normal full clutch is three or four and the only clutch of five I have seen is one taken by Anderson in the Andamans.

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: 
33. Dendrocitta formosae assimilis
Spp Author: 
Hume.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
33
Year: 
1932
Page No: 
40
Common name: 
Burmese Hill Tree Pie
M_ID: 
20443
M_SN: 
Dendrocitta formosae assimilis
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
13260

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