1298. Dicaeum eruentatum ignitum

(1298) Dicaeum cruentatum Ignitum Beghie.
The Burmese Scarlet-backed FLOWER-PECKER.
Dicaeum cruentatum ignitum, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iii, p. 423.
The range of this subspecies extends over the whole of Burma South and East of the preceding race. Thence it is found through¬out the Malay States to Java and Sumatra. Vaughan and Jones apparently found it breeding at Houlich, South China, but the eggs obtained were not those of a Flower-pecker, though they might have been those of some Cuckoo parasitic upon it,
Hopwood also, once, obtained a nest in Tavoy with a single egg on the 24th February.
Oates found this species common in Pegu, and gave a full account of its nesting, which is exactly like that of the typical form. I, however, quote the following interesting details:—“I have taken many nests of this bird from the 2nd March to the 9th April. The number of eggs laid is two or three.
“The nest is generally built in Mango-trees, hut other trees, especially if the leaves are large and drooping, are also used. It is placed at all heights from the ground, from twelve feet to the summits of the highest trees. The nest is suspended from an outside twig, and is so surrounded by leaves that it is almost invisible.
“To say that the nest is most beautiful is only to say what is applicable to the nests of all Flower-peckers. It measures no more than 4 inches in height and one nest I have is only 3.1/2 inches. It is egg-shaped, slightly pointed at the upper end, where it is attached to the branch. Its external diameter is 2 inches. The entrance is circular, 3/4 inch in diameter, and placed just midway between top and bottom of the nest. The egg-chamber is small, the walls being of considerable thickness.
“The. bulk of the nest is made of the finest vegetable down of dazzling whiteness resembling spun glass, and interiorly the nest is kept firm by being bound round by fine grass, which is twisted into a rope at the lower edge of the entrance. At the back of the nest there are a few patches of excretae of caterpillars and, in another, four dry blossoms of some shrub are stuck at the back of the nest. As a rule, however, no ornamentation is attempted.”
The eggs are the usual short, blunt ovals, grey-white and glossless.
Eight eggs average 14.2 x 10.0 mm. : maxima 14.4 x 10.6 and 14.0 x 10.7 mm. ; minima 13.1 x 10.6 and 14.0 x 9.35 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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1298. Dicaeum eruentatum ignitum
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Burmese Scarlet Backed Flower Pecker
Dicaeum cruentatum cruentatum
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