790. Dlssemurus paradiseus otiosus

(790) Dissemurus paradiseus otiosus Richmond.
THE ANDAMAN LARGE RACKET-TAILED DRONGO.
Dissemurus paradiseus otiosus, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. ii, p. 380.
This race is found only in the Andamans. When Osmaston, Wickham and Anderson worked at the Oology of the Andamans this geographical race had not been recognized, though even then Osmaston commented on its difference to the Himalayan bird. He writes (Journ. Bomb. Nat. Hist. Soc. vol. xvii, p. 157, 1906) :— “Common in high forest. Has a fine series of melodious calls. The Andaman variety of this species shows no signs of the conspicuous frontal crest which forms so marked a feature in the Sub-Himalayan race. It breeds in May, building its nest generally high up on the more or less inaccessible branches of big trees. The eggs are similar to those found in India.”
Osmaston obtained a good series of these eggs, now in my own collection ; with them are the following notes :—“One nest was taken low down in a horizontal branch of a big tree in scrub-jungle ; two were taken in high trees, one a Padouk, in high dense forest, at 20 and 30 feet from the ground. Two others were taken in very open forest quite low down in small trees at only 7 and 8 feet from the ground. The nests are quite typical of the. King-Crow type. Fresh eggs were obtained from the 11th of April to the 10th May.”
Of the eggs, one clutch of three is of the livid pink type but is exceptionally handsomely and boldly marked with deep red- brown and inky grey ; the others have white or pale pink grounds, blotched rather sparsely with red-brown and pale grey, the latter predominating.
In shape and texture they are quite normal.
The average of the only ten eggs I have seen is 29.1 x 21.5 mm. : maxima 30.0 x 22.7 mm. ; minima 28.0 x 20.7 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: 
790. Dlssemurus paradiseus otiosus
Spp Author: 
Richmond.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
790
Year: 
1933
Page No: 
347
Common name: 
Andaman Large Racket Tailed Drongo
M_ID: 
19663
M_SN: 
Dicrurus paradiseus otiosus
Volume: 
Vol. 2
id: 
13927

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