1361. Dryobates himalayensis albescens

(1361) Dryobates himalayensis albescens Stuart Baker.
THE KASHMIR PIED WOODPECKER.
Dryobates himalayensis albescens, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iv, p. 34.
The Kashmir Pied Woodpecker takes the place of the last from Murree and Kashmir to Gilgit and North-East Afghanistan.
Like the preceding bird, this is one of dense forest, while its nidi¬fication differs in no way from that of the same bird, Buchanan and Wilson both found it common in the Murree Hills and in Changla and Danga Gali between 5,000 and 8,000 feet, while in Kashmir Ward found its nesting-place up to 9,000 feet near Gulmarg.
The breeding season lasts through April and May, and I have no record of eggs taken later except those recorded in Hume’s ‘Nests and Eggs.’ Hume says that he has found eggs up to the end of June, and Marshall (C. H. T.) says he has taken them up to the middle of June. It should also be noted that both the Marshalls speak of the tunnels being made at all heights from the ground between 10 and 40 feet.
The full clutch of eggs, according to Hume, is four or five, but I have had several threes sent me partially incubated and I have never seen a five, though I know that number is sometimes laid.
Twenty-eight eggs average 26.2 x 19.0 mm. : maxima 28.1 x 10.8 and 25.5 x 20.0 mm. ; minima 25.0 x 18.0 mm.
This Woodpecker is said to cut out its nest-hole indifferently in hard or soft wood, and it therefore varies much in size, but Hume says that the chamber, presumably when self-hewn, is about 4 inches in dimenter.

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: 
1361. Dryobates himalayensis albescens
Spp Author: 
Stuart baker.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1361
Year: 
1934
Page No: 
286
Common name: 
Kashmir Pied Woodpecker
M_ID: 
10688
M_SN: 
Dendrocopos himalayensis albescens
Volume: 
Vol. 3
id: 
14469

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