1689. Glaucidium cuculoides cuculoides

(1689) Glaucidium ouculoides ouculoides (Vigors).
Glaucidium ouculoides ouculoides Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol, iv, p. 444.
The Western form of Barred Owlet is confined to the Himalayas from Murree and Mussoorie to Eastern Nepal.
It is a bird both of forest of all kinds and also of open well wooded country and, so long as there are lots of trees about, I do not think it minds much where it breeds. It is common in the foot-hills of the Himalayas, nesting up as high as 7,000 or 8,000 feet. Rattray obtained a clutch of eggs at about the latter height near Murree and a second at 6,600 feet, Dodsworth near Simla at about 7,000 and Whymper round Naini Tal at 5,000 feet. Hutton, in Hume’s time, found this Owl breeding round Mussoorie between 5,000 and 6,000 feet, while Thompson took eggs above Kharpatal in Garhwal at about 4,000 feet, where, he says, it was common in the Oak and. Fir-woods.
Any suitable tree with a fairly large natural hole in it between 10 and 30 feet from the ground may be chosen for the purpose of depositing the egga. Cock found three nests at Dharamsala, all with four eggs or young, in holes in “hill oaks, some 20 to 30 feet from the ground. There was no lining to the nest, just a few dead leaves that might have been in the hollow accidentally.” Hill Oaks are often selected probably because the older, bigger trees so often have holes in them admirably suited for nesting purposes.
They breed from early April to May, a few birds perhaps in June, though this is exceptional. On the other hand, some must lay in the end of March, as Rattray took four hard-set eggs on the 4th April.
Thirty eggs average 35.8 x 30.4 mm. : maxima 38.5 x 31.2 and 37.1 x 31.4 mm. ; minima 35.0 x 29.2 and 35.2 x 29.0 mm.

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 3. 1934.
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1689. Glaucidium cuculoides cuculoides
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Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Western Himalayak Barred Owlet
Glaucidium cuculoides cuculoides
Vol. 3

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