1729. Falco severus rufipedoides

(1729) Falco severus rufipedoides Hodgs.
Falco severus rufipedoides, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. v, p. 47.
The Indian Hobby breeds in the North-Western Himalayas and as far East as West Assam North of the Brahmapootra, while it is said to breed also in the hills of Southern India. It certainly occurs and must breed in the Travancore bills, and A. M. Primrose was told that it bred in the Gunjarra precipices and valleys in the Nilgiri Hills.
In Kashmir it probably breeds fairly commonly, but it is im¬possible to say what records apply to this bird and what to the Central Asian Hobby. Donald (Journ. Bomb. Nat. Hist. Soc. vol. xvii, p. 841, 1903) writes: “I found a nest in Hursil, Tehri Garhwal, about 30 miles from the source of the Ganges, at an elevation of about 8,500 feet, with four half-fledged youngsters in it, in July, and again two young ones were brought to me by a villager here last September, showing that Falco severus does breed in India.”
Mackinnon apparently obtained two or more nests of this bird round about Mussoorie, but in his notes, bought after his death with his collection by Mackenzie, there is nothing about them. One clutch given by him to Harrington Bulkley, and later obtained by me, was found on the 14th June with three eggs.
As regards their nidification, it differs, so far as we know at present, in no way from that of the typical Burmese form. They seem to select nests of other birds, built in trees, small or large, growing in precipitous places both in and on the outskirts of forest and in open country.
The breeding season is probably late May and June, while the full clutch numbers three or four eggs which, in appearance, are not distinguishable from those of the preceding bird.
The only three I have been able to measure were 41.4 x 32.0, 40.2 x 29.0 and 40.8 x 31.0 mm.

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 4. 1935.
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1729. Falco severus rufipedoides
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Indian Hobby
Falco severus severus
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