793. Dissemurus paradiseus ceylonensis

(793) Dissemurus paradiseus ceylonensis Sharpe.
THE CEYLON LARGE RACKET-TAILED DRONGO.
Dissemurus paradiseus ceylonensis, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. ii, p. 381.
The present race is restricted to Ceylon. Wait says of this bird:— “It replaces the Ceylon Black-crested Drongo in the drier forest tracts, especially in the North and East of the Island, but it is nowhere very abundant. It does not appear to ascend the hills above 2,000 feet.
“The breeding season is from March to May. Three nests, of which I have data, were all found in roadside trees, where the road passed through heavy jungle. They were placed in slender forks at a considerable height from the ground, and resembled larger editions of the nest of D. coerulescens leucopygialis, but were more loosely woven and not so tightly jammed into the fork. There are usually three eggs. The ground-colour is pinkish-white, with a moderate amount of reddish-pink markings overlying more cloudy marks of greyish-purple. All the markings are inclined to be streaky and are most numerous round the cap. Average size 1.06" by .81" (=about 26.9 x 20.6 mm.).”
The only other clutches I have seen are two taken by Jenkins on the 4th and 9th April for Stewart, and then handed on to me by the latter.
Of these two clutches, one, consisting of four eggs, has the ground¬colour very pale but clear pinkish-yellow, lightly spotted at the larger end with a few spots of reddish-brown and more numerous secondary spots of lilac-grey.
The second clutch, of three, has the ground nearly white, freely spotted with small blotches and specks of dark red-brown and with numerous clouds and blotches of pale lilac-brown. Both are common types among the eggs of other Racket-tailed Drongos.
These seven eggs, with nine of Wait’s, average 26.6 x 20.7 mm. : maxima 27.8 x 20.6 and 26.3 x 22.0 mm. ; minima 24.6 x 20.2 and 24.8 x 19.7 mm.

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: 
793. Dissemurus paradiseus ceylonensis
Spp Author: 
Sharpe.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
793
Year: 
1933
Page No: 
349
Common name: 
Ceylon Large Racket Tailed Drongo
M_ID: 
19662
M_SN: 
Dicrurus paradiseus ceylonicus
Volume: 
Vol. 2
id: 
13929

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