1364. Dryobates darjellensis

(1364) Dryobates darjellensis Blyth.
THE DARJEELING PIED WOODPECKER.
Dryobates darjellensis, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iv, p. 36.
The Darjeeling Pied Woodpecker extends West to Nepal and East through the hill-country to the Shan States, Yunnan and Setchuan.
This Woodpecker is resident, certainly breeding, from 5,000 feet up to the highest bills in Assam and up to 8,000 or 9,000 feet in Burma and Yunnan. In Sikkim Stevens found it between 6,000 and 12,000 feet, and took several clutches of eggs at Maikola, in Nepal, between 8,000 and 10,000 feet.
They apparently only breed in very dense forest, generally selecting trees of no great size and boring their nest-holes in the main trunk between 6 and 10 feet from the ground. Masson sent me a clutch of four taken from a “nest-hole in deep forest, cut in a living tree at about ten feet from the ground. Entrance about 2 inches in diameter and about a foot long, the chamber being about 6 inches deep by 5 wide. Taken at 8,000 feet and the male caught on the nest.” Nests and eggs taken by Stevens were similar to the above.
The breeding season is April and May, principally the latter month, the clutch varying from two to four.
Twenty eggs, including all Stevens’s, average 27.8 x 19.8 mm. Stevens has not given maxima and. minima, but in the few I have the maxima are 29.0 x 19.7 and 26.9 x 19.9 mm. ; minima 26.5 x 19.0 mm.

BookTitle: 
The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Reference: 
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 3. 1934.
Title in Book: 
1364. Dryobates darjellensis
Spp Author: 
Blyth.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1364
Year: 
1934
Page No: 
287
Common name: 
Darjeeling Pied Woodpecker
M_ID: 
10666
M_CN: 
Darjeeling Woodpecker
M_SN: 
Dendrocopos darjellensis
Volume: 
Vol. 3
id: 
14473

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