1401. Dinopium shorii

(1401) Dinopium shorii (Vigors).
THE HIMALAYAN GOLDEN-BACKED THREE-TOED WOODPECKER.
Dinopicus shorii, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iv, p. 74.
This Woodpecker ranges from Kaladoongi in the Doon to Assam, North-West Burma to Arakan and Pegu, Nowhere common, it is most often mot with from the level of the plains up to 2,000 feet, and still more rarely up to 4,000 feet.
There is very little recorded about the habits of this bird and I have personally seen very little of it. Those I have seen have been either in rather thin deciduous forest or in park country, the trees nowhere close enough together to entitle it to be called forest.
One clutch of three eggs was brought to me with a female bird said to have been caught in the nest-hole. This had been drilled in the trunk of an Oak-tree standing in grass-land, about 4 feet from the ground, at an elevation of abont 2,500 feet. Later I took a pair of eggs myself at Nangkrem in the Khasia Hilla at an elevation of 6,000 feet, it being the only time I have seen the bird over 4,000 feet. This nest-hole, also, was made in a stunted Oak in grass-land at about 5 feet from the ground. The entrance and tunnel were about 6 inches long and the chamber about 5 by 5 inches. The male was caught on the nest. Finally Mackenzie obtained two other eggs from a tree on the Pasok Plateau, South Burma.
The bird is probably an early breeder, all three nests having been taken in the first half of April,
One nest contained three eggs, the others two each. The eggs of two clutches are very long ovals, of one (that taken by Mackenzie) short ovals.
Eight eggs average 29.9 x 20.8 mm. : maxima 32.1 x 21.6 and 32.0 x 22.4 mm. ; minima 26.7 x 20.7 and 31.3 x 18.9 mm.

BookTitle: 
The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Reference: 
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 3. 1934.
Title in Book: 
1401. Dinopium shorii
Spp Author: 
Vigors.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1401
Year: 
1934
Page No: 
308
Common name: 
Himalayan Golden Backed Three Toed Woodpecker
M_ID: 
11097
M_CN: 
Himalayan Flameback
M_SN: 
Dinopium shorii
Volume: 
Vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
14510

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