1415. Macropicus hodgei

(1415) Macropicus hodgei (Blyth).
THE ANDAMAN BLACK WOODPECKER.
Thriponax hodgei, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iv, p. 91.
Macropicus hodgei, ibid. vol. viii, p. 674.
This smaller species of Black Woodpecker is found in the Andamans only,
Wickham and Osmaston seem to bo the only collectors who have taken the nests and eggs of this bird, A summary of their notes is as follows :—They breed in forest, generally selecting such as is rather open. The nest-holes are most often drilled in the trunk or in one of the larger branches of lofty trees at great heights from the ground, 30 feet being the usual height and 40 feet not uncommon. On the other hand, Osmaston took one only 20 feet, up and Wickham one at 10 feet.
The birds breed in February and March, though some must lay a good deal earlier than this, as Wickham found young birds in one nest-hole on February the 15th.
Two or three eggs only are laid. Twelve average 33.4 x 23.3 mm. : maxima 36.3 x 24.5 mm. ; minima 32.1 x 22.3 and 33.0 x 22.0 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: 
1415. Macropicus hodgei
Spp Author: 
Blyth.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1415
Year: 
1934
Page No: 
318
Common name: 
Andaman Black Woodpecker
M_ID: 
10989
M_CN: 
Andaman Woodpecker
M_SN: 
Dryocopus hodgei
Volume: 
Vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
14526

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