781. Chaptia aenea malayensis

(781) Chaptia aenea malayensis Hay.
Chaptia oenea malayensis, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol ii, p. 369.
The range occupied by this race of Bronzed Drongo may roughly be said to be the whole of Burma and India South of the range occupied by the Northern form. Outside our limits it extends down the Malay Peninsula and Siam to Sumatra and Borneo.
Possibly this form is rather more restricted to forest and very well-wooded country than is the Northern bird, more especially in Burma, where its favourite haunts are the ravines and broken ground at the foot of the ranges of hills which are thinly forested and debouch into the cultivated plains. It is not, however, confined to forest and may be found breeding in open country and round villages. Thus Oates found a nest “placed at the tip of an outer branch of a jack-tree” near a village.
Darling found nests in March round about Tavoy built on bamboos in bamboo-jungle, one about 12 feet from the ground, another 50 feet up on an overhanging bamboo in similar cover, while two others were taken from sites 30 and 40 feet up from boughs of trees.
Williamson, in Siam, found them breeding on small trees in the open, but well-wooded, country round Sriracha.
In the Myingyan District, which may be taken as almost the Northern limit of the Southern race, Macdonald found them common in the bamboo-jungle, making their nests at the tips of long bamboos waving outwards from the clump. He describes the bird as common in this dry-zone part of Burma.
The nest diflers in no way from that of the preceding bird, though from the notes above it would seem to be addicted to more lofty sites for building purposes.
Like the nest, the eggs also cannot be distinguished from those of the Northern race, though the few I have been able to measure average, as we should expect, a little smaller.
Twenty-four eggs average 21.0 x 15.7 mm. ; maxima 23.1 x 15.2 and 22.4X16-8 mm. ; minima 20.0 x 15.8 and 22.5 x 15.0 mm.
It is curious that in my small series of eggs of this race all the varieties are to be found which are shown in my big series of the eggs of the Northern subspecies.

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 2. 1933.
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781. Chaptia aenea malayensis
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Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Sourn Bronzed Drongo
Dicrurus aeneus malayensis
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