1399. Dinopium javanense intermedium

(1399) Dinopium javanense intermedium (Blyth).
Dinopicus javancnsis intermedia Fauna B. I. Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iv, p. 72.
This Woodpecker extends from Assam South of the Brahma¬pootra and Manipur, where it is very rare, to the whole of Burma North of, roughly speaking, 10’ and East to Yunnan, Siam and Cochin China.
It is a bird of open country, so long as this is sufficiently wooded. They enter gardens freely and are common in thin scrub and tree jungle round villages, while they also frequent deciduous forest but never, I believe, really humid, evergreen forest. In Cachar it kept entirely to secondary growth, bamboo-jungle and clearances for cultivation.
Herbert found it breeding in Siam on the 14th June and notes :— “The nest was in a living tree on the hank of the river at Ban-Khang, at only 3 feet from the ground and in such a position that it could he clearly seen from a launch when passing. The male was caught on the nest at three in the afternoon. The nest contained 3 eggs.”
Oates took a clutch, also of three eggs, from a hole which “appeared to have been a natural cavity, the entrance made large and circular."
* In vol. viii, p. 673, it is explained how Dinopicus was used throughout vol. iv of the ‘Fauna’ by a printer’s error, due, I fear, to my extremely difficult handwriting.
Bingham, who says this is the most common Woodpecker in Tenasserim, obtained one nest 4 feet from the ground in a hole in a tree in some burnt Eng (Dipterocarpus) jungle. This, like the rest, contained three eggs on the 22nd March.
Finally Macdonald took from a hole in a tree in Tenasserim yet another clutch of three in early March.
From the above we gather that although the normal breeding season is March and April, some birds lay in June, while three eggs seem to form the full clutch.
In shape the eggs are rather longer than usual and sometimes well pointed.
Twelve eggs average 29.0 x 19.1 mm. ; maxima 30.1 x 17.8 and 29.1 x 20.3 mm. ; minima 26.6 x 19.9 and 30.1 x 17.8 mm.

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 3. 1934.
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Burmese Golden Backed Tree Toed Woodpecker
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