1848. Museadivora senea pusiila

(1848) Muscadlvora aenea pusilla (Blyth).
THE CEYLON GREEN IMPERIAL PIGEON.
Muscadivora aenea pusilla, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. v, p. 209.
This Pigeon ranges from Ceylon, along the South-West coast of India, to about as far North as Kanara, Jerdon’s report of its occurrence in the Central Provinces has never been confirmed, while its distribution in Madras is very imperfectly known.
It frequents the same kind of country as the other races, but at the time Hume’s ‘Nests and Eggs’ was written nothing was known of its nidification except that Legge shot a female on the 28th April containing an egg ready for expulsion.
Since then Phillips has taken an egg in December in the North Central Provinces, Stewart and Bourdillon have taken many in Travancore and Bell and Davidson took them from February to May in Khandesh. All these describe the nest as of the usual type and placed on small trees at from 12 to 25 feet from the ground in evergreen forest.
Probably, like so many other Ceylon and Southern Indian birds, their breeding season is either very prolonged or very irregular. The few eggs taken have been in March (Travancore—Stewart and Bourdillon), February to April (Kanara— Davidson and Bell), February to April (Travancore—Bourdillon and Stewart), June (Travancore—Stewart), and December (Ceylon—Phillips). From Ceylon also we have the April egg obtained by Legge referred to above.
Seven eggs average 43.1 x 34.1 mm. : maxima 45.2 x 34.0 and 43.0 x 34.4 mm. ; minima 42.0 x 33.8 mm.

BookTitle: 
The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Reference: 
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 4. 1935.
Title in Book: 
1848. Museadivora senea pusiila
Spp Author: 
Blyth.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1848
Year: 
1935
Page No: 
142
Common name: 
Ceylon Green Imperial Pigeon
M_ID: 
5704
M_SN: 
Ducula aenea pusilla
Volume: 
Vol. 4
Term name: 
id: 
15022

Add new comment

CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.
Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith