769. Dicrurus macrocercus cathoecus

(769) Dicrurus macrocercus cathoecus Swinh.
THE CHINESE BLACK DRONGO.
Dicrurus macrocercus cathoecus, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. ii, p. 358.
This race of Black Drongo, which is the same as that from Western China, is found over the whole of Central Burma South of the range of the preceding race, extending as far as Amherst and Mergui. It occurs throughout the Indo-Chinese countries into West China.
Hopwood found it breeding in considerable numbers in Maymyio in April and May, and both Osmaston and Mackenzie took eggs in the same place in the latter month. Hopwood also took eggs in the Lower Chindwin in April, whilst Cook took eggs both at Kindat and in Ataran in May.
In China Messrs. Jones and Vaughan found them breeding at Lak Tan, Tak Hing and Macao very abundantly from the end of May to July.
An interesting note on the nest-building given by Jones (Ibis, 1913, p. 32) is worth quoting :—“The nest is usually placed, like that of Chibia, at the extremity of a horizontal bough, but not always, and an upright fork is sometimes used. When building in a horizontal bough they begin by making the outside rim, joining the two prongs of the fork first, the one away from the trunk, that is to say. The nests are made of grass or of lichen and sometimes, as at Hongkong, of the aerial rootlets of the Banyan-tree.”
Among the eggs taken by Vaughan and Jones there is one clutch of three taken at Macao which has the ground a rosy or carmine pink, very seldom seen among the eggs of the macrocercus group, but very common among those of the leucophoeus group.

BookTitle: 
The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Reference: 
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 2. 1933.
Title in Book: 
769. Dicrurus macrocercus cathoecus
Spp Author: 
Swinh.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
769
Year: 
1933
Page No: 
322
Common name: 
Chinese Black Drongo
M_ID: 
19576
M_SN: 
Dicrurus macrocercus cathoecus
Volume: 
Vol. 2
id: 
13906

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