26(a). Dendrocitta rufa pallida

(26 a) Dendrocitta rufa pallida Blyth.
THE SIND TREE-PIE.
Dendrocitta rufa pallida, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. viii, p. 595.
Ticehurst, to whom is due the recognition of Blyth’s subspecies, thus defines its breeding-range :—“N.W. Himalayas, Kuman, Garhwal, Dehra Dun, Simla, Sind, Rajputana, Punjab and North¬-West Frontier Province.”
This race of Tree-Pie throughout its range seems to have a more restricted breeding season than the preceding bird, the very great majority laying during May and June. It sometimes lays, according to Ticehurst, in April also. Its habits when breeding do not differ from those of its cousins, though Ticehurst says that in Sind it is more shy. Eates and Betham, however, say it is as noisy and familiar in Sind as it is elsewhere. It is of course only found in well-wooded areas and, for nesting purposes this race seems to be very partial to keekeer, kundi and Babool-trees.
Nests and eggs differ in no way from those of the other species, though, as one would expect, they average a trifle larger.
One hundred eggs average 28.1 x 21.9 mm. : maxima 32.7 x 20.3 and 31.1 x 22.4 mm. ; minima 26.3 x 20.5 and 32.7 x 20.3 mm.
Osmaston found this bird breeding in some numbers up to 3,000 feet, whilst Whymper took them up to 5,000 feet near Naini Tal ; it is common round Mussoorie and in other hill-stations of the outer Himalayas up to 7,000 feet.

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: 
26(a). Dendrocitta rufa pallida
Spp Author: 
Lesson.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
26
Year: 
1932
Page No: 
35
Common name: 
Sind Tree-pie
M_ID: 
20432
M_SN: 
Dendrocitta vagabunda pallida
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
13253

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