44. Garrulus bispecularis persaturatus

(44) Garrulus bispecularis persaturatus Hartert.
THE KHASIA HILLS RED-CROWNED JAY.
Garrulus bispecularis persaturatus, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 65.
About this Jay very little is known. It breeds sparingly only in the Khasia Hills, Naga Hills and possibly East to the Patkoi Hills, South of the Brahmapootra. It also occurs in some of the higher ranges of Manipur but does not extend, so far as is recorded at present, into the Chin Hills.
So far as I know this Jay does not breed below 6,000 feet or there┬Čabouts in the Khasia Hills. Here it lays during May and June, and the only four nests taken by myself or my Khasia collectors have all been in a very dense humid strip of forest, containing principally stunted Oak-trees, Rhododendrons and, in patches, a few Pines (Pinus khasiana). The undergrowth also was very dense but broken up by the many huge boulders and rocks which thrust themselves up from the steep side of the ridge. In 1905-6 and 1907 I saw one nest each year, but after I left India only one or two more nests have been taken, probably the search for them necessitating too much hard work for too small a result. Three of the nests were placed among the topmost branches of small Oaks between 8 and 18 feet from the ground, whilst a fourth was built in a Rhododendron about 20 feet up. The latter was well concealed by the dense foliage, the others very conspicuous when one got close to the trees. The birds were very noisy when disturbed but sat until the trees were struck.
The eggs of these four nests, 2, 2, 3 and 4 respectively, the second being addled in a nest with two young, cannot be distinguished from those of the preceding race.
Twelve eggs average 29.6 x 22.2 mm. : maxima 31.1 x 21.3 and 28.3 x 23.1 mm. ; minima 28.0 x 21.9 and 29.9 x 21.2 mm.

BookTitle: 
The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Reference: 
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 1. 1932.
Title in Book: 
44. Garrulus bispecularis persaturatus
Spp Author: 
Hartert.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
44
Year: 
1932
Page No: 
52
Common name: 
Khasia Hills Jay
M_ID: 
20378
M_SN: 
Garrulus glandarius interstinctus
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
13271

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