1696. Glaucidium brodiei brodiei

(1696) Glaucidium brodiei brodiei Burton.
THE WESTERN COLLARED PIGMY OWLET.
Glaucidium brodiei brodiei, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd, ed, vol. iv, p. 450.
This quaint little Owlet is found in the Himalayas from Murree to the Garhwal Hills and Nepal. It is common in the Simla States between 3,000 and 7,000 feet, while Osmaston obtained it breeding at Chakrata at 8,000 feet.
Rattray found it breeding freely round Murree between 5,000 and 7,000 feet. The nest-holes were in trees in densely wooded ravines and "galis” at heights between 15 and 20 feet from the ground no special kind of tree was selected, but perhaps more were in Oak- trees than in other species. Woodpeckers’ or Barbets’ deserted nesting-holes were usually taken possession of, and in one case the hole had apparently been enlarged by the little Owls. Osmaston found them breeding in similar forest of Oak and Fir, and one of the nests taken by him was about 15 feet up in an Oak-tree (Quercus dilatata) in a Woodpecker’s nest-hole.
The principal breeding month is May, but sometimes they lay in April, for Rattray obtained fresh eggs on the 24th of that month, and Hutton found a nest with three young and one egg on the 11th May in Murree, Thompson, who gives no locality, says that the birds breed from May to July and, finally, Marshall obtained three fully-fledged young ones on the 22nd June.
Three or four eggs are laid and occasionally five, Buchanan obtaining this number in Mussoorie and Rattray the same in Murree on the 24th April. Whymper, however, found two eggs hard-set near Naini Tal in March, They are quite typical Owls’ eggs, white, round and with the usual texture and slightly glossed soapy surface.
Twenty eggs average 29.7 x 24.1 mm. : maxima 31.5 x 24.2 and 29.4 x 25.4 mm. ; minima 28.0 x 23.0 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: 
1696. Glaucidium brodiei brodiei
Spp Author: 
Burton.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1696
Year: 
1934
Page No: 
532
Common name: 
Western Collaerd Pigmy Owlet
M_ID: 
6734
M_SN: 
Glaucidium brodiei brodiei
Volume: 
Vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
14869

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