(788) Dissemurus paradiseus rangoonensis.
The Burmese Large Racket-tailed Drongo.
Edolius rangoonensis Gould, P. Z. S., 1836, p. 5 (Rangoon). • Dissemurus paradiseus. Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 325 (part.).
Vernacular names. Hnet-dau (Burmese).
Description. A rather larger bird than D. p. paradiseus with a longer fuller crest and longer tail with wider longer rackets.
Colours of soft parts. The same in all races.
Measurements. Wing 147 to 170 mm.; tail up to 435 mm.; culmen 28 to 32 mm.
Distribution. Central and South Central Burma, South Chin and Kachin Hills; South Shan States and Northern Siam.
Nidification. Very little on record, but apparently not differing from that of the last bird, though it is more of a forest and less of a cultivated-country bird than that race. Messrs. Hop wood and Mackenzie took most of their nests on pynkado trees (Xylia dolabriformis) standing in open bamboo-jungle on the edge of roads. The few eggs I have seen measured about 29.0 X 21.0 mm.
Habits. Those of the genus. This race is found from the foothills up to 5,000 feet during the breeding-season and throughout the plains in Winter, haunting both forest and more or less cultivated land as long as it is well wooded.