1363. Dryobates seindeanus

(1363) Dryobates scindeanus (Horsf. & Moore).
The Sind Pied Woodpecker.
Dryobates scindeanus, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iv, p. 35.
This small species of Pied Woodpecker ranges from Sind to Baluchistan and Afghanistan ; the Western Punjab into North-East Persia.
Ticehurst (Ibis, 1923, p. 25) thus sums up notes sent him by T. R. Bell, together with his own observations, on the bleeding of this Woodpecker:—“The Sind Pied Woodpecker is more or less common, though of course rare in the less wooded parts, but it occurs even in the Khirthai ; it is particularly addicted to Tamarisk jungle, and in some of these along the Indus it may be said to be numerous. It commences boring operations as early as the end of February ; March, however, is the more usual month, and most lay towards the end of that month or early in April, though young are recorded on the 22nd March. Doig found a late nest with young on the 24th June, but most have finished, breeding by then, as birds shot towards the end of May testify. Mr. Bell has sent me details of about 20 nests he has examined, and these, with a few others, show that the tamarisk is the favourite tree, being selected fourteen times, four in the ‘babool,’ three in poplar, one in ‘kandi,’ and one in a Salvadoria persica, in this case an old hole of Brachypternus dilutus being utilized ; to these I can add mango, which near Karachi is often used, there being no tamarisk. The site varies from three to twelve feet up from the ground, and the tree is more often a green one than not ; often the tree selected is on the edge of a clearing, or is sometimes an isolated one. The entrance-hole measures about 42 mm. across, inside diameter 107 mm., and depth 6 to 10 inches. Four is the largest clutch I have notes of. On three occasions when Mr. Bell caught the bird on the nest it was the male.”
To the above one may add that Butler saw a pair of birds starting their nest-hole in January and that Doig found a nest only 4 feet from the ground.
The only eggs I have in my own collection were given me by Bell and were taken in the end of March “from holes in tamarisk trees, standing in clearings.”
From two to four eggs are laid, the former number being sometimes incubated.
Twelve eggs average 22.2 x 17.0 mm. : maxima 23.4 x 17.4 mm. ; minima 22.0 x 17.1 and 22.3 x 16.4 mm.

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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1363. Dryobates seindeanus
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Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Sind Pied Woodpecker
Sind Woodpecker
Dendrocopos assimilis
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