1300. Dicaeum trigonostigma rubropygium

(1300) Dicaeum trigonostigma rubropygium Stuart Baker.
THE TENASSERIM ORANGE - BELLIED FLOWER-PECKER.
Dicoeum trigonostigma rubropygium, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed, vol. iii, p. 425.
This Flower-pecker has a very curious distribution. It occurs, and is not very rare, in the sub-montane tracts in the Lakhimpur district of Eastern Assam. It has not, however, been recorded from anywhere else North of Pegu, whence it extends as far as latitude 10° in the Malay Peninsula ; it is also found in Western Siam.
This is apparently a forest-bird, frequenting glades, edges of streams and the borders of forest near cultivation. In. Lakhimpur we never found it below about 1,000 feet in the evergreen-forest, where it haunted rooky, broken hill-sides but, so far as we knew, it never occurred at any of the higher elevations. We quite possibly missed it in the plains.
The first nest we saw was brought in by Nagas, together with both the parents, while others we subsequently found were just like it but smaller. They differed in no way from those of the birds of this genus already described except in size, as they measured between 5 and 6 inches in height by 3 to 4.1/2 in breadth.
Later Kellow found nests of this species near Perak in the Malay States which were exactly like those found by us in Assam. All were built on high trees, generally between 35 and 40 feet from the ground, with one exception, which was on a wild Citron-bush, close to a jungle-track.
The eggs are quite typical, and ten average 15.5 x 11.25 mm. : maxima 17.6 x 11.9 mm. ; minima 14.3 x 10.8 mm.
The breeding season in Assam is April and May, but in the Malay Peninsula commences in February and continues until early May.

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: 
1300. Dicaeum trigonostigma rubropygium
Spp Author: 
Stuart baker.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1300
Year: 
1934
Page No: 
240
Common name: 
Tenasserim Orange Belled Flower Pecker
M_ID: 
28713
M_SN: 
Dicaeum trigonostigma rubropygium
Volume: 
Vol. 3
id: 
14396

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