33(a). Dendrocitta formosae occidentalis

(33 a) Dendrocitta formosae occidentalis Ticehurst.
THE WESTERN HIMALAYAN TREE-PIE.
Dendrocitta formosoe occidentalis, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. viii, p. 595.
The Western race of the Himalayan Tree-Pie breeds from Kulu and the Mundi States where they are common (fide Whistler) and from Afghanistan to Garhwal. Captain Hutton found it common round about Mussoorie at some 5,000 feet elevation, extending in smaller numbers some 2,000 feet higher. Whymper found them equally numerous round Naim Tal at about the same elevation
Hutton found his nests with eggs in May, whilst Whymper obtained many nests during both April and May. He describes his nests as “loosely built flimsy saucers made either of twigs or loosely put together tendrils, placed in low trees in forest.” Hutton, however, says that the nests he found at Mussoorie were “like those of Urocissa occipitalis, being composed externally of twigs and lined with finer materials, according to the situation ; one nest, taken in a deep glen by the side of a stream, was lined with the long, fibrous leaves of the Mares’-tail (Equisetum) which grew abundantly by the water’s edge ; another taken much higher up on the hillside, and away from water, was lined with tendrils and fine roots. The nest is placed rather low, generally 8 or 10 feet from the ground, sometimes at the extremity of a horizontal branch, sometimes in the forks of young bushy oaks.”
The eggs cannot be distinguished from those of the Eastern Himalayan Tree-Pie. Fifty average 28.1 x 21.5 mm. : maxima 31.1 x 22.4 mm. ; minima 26.3 x 20.5 mm.

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(a). Dendrocitta formosae occidentalis
Spp Author: 
Ticehurst.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
33
Year: 
1932
Page No: 
40
Common name: 
Western Himalayan Tree-pie
M_ID: 
20440
M_SN: 
Dendrocitta formosae occidentalis
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
13261

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