(792) Dissemurus paradiseus malabaricus.
The Malabar Large Racket-tailed Drongo.
Lanius malabaricus Lath., Ind. Orn., i, p. 66 (1790) (Malabaria). Dissemurus paradiseus. Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 325 (part.).
Vernacular names. Bhimraj, Bhringraj (Hind.); Tinka passala poligada (Tel.); Hati (Gond.); Kute-ougal (Mahr.).
Description. Very close to D. p. rangoonensis, but smaller and with a smaller crest and smaller weaker bill.
Measurements. Wing 142 to 167 mm., average 152 mm.; tail-up to 415 mm.; culmen 26 to 29 mm.
Distribution. The whole of India South of the range given for D. p. grandis, birds at the meeting-places of the two races being, of course, intermediate between them.
Nidification. The Malabar Racket-tailed Drongo breeds in the months of March, April and May from Travancore to Khandalla, Nassic and Thana etc. in the Bombay Presidency. The nest is like that of the other races and is usually built very high up in a forest-tree. The eggs number two or three, very rarely four, and forty-eight eggs average 28.1 x 21.1 mm.: maxima 32.2 X 21.5 and 27.6 x 22.8 mm.; minima 26.6 x 20.0 and 27.0 x 20.0 mm.
Habits. Those of the species.