966. Gracula ptilogenys

(966) Gracula ptilogenys Blyth.
Eulabes ptilogenys, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iii, p. 21.
Gracula ptilogenys, ibid. vol. viii, p. 649.
This Grackle is confined to the well-wooded and forested moun¬tains of Ceylon, where it occurs between 1,500 and 6,500 feet, descending to the plains West of Adam’s Peak.
Jenkins obtained a very fine series of these birds’ eggs for Stewart in March and April. The breeding-habits seem to be identically the same as those of the other species of Grackle, the birds breeding in holes in trees standing in forest. In most cases the holes seem to be natural, or half-made hollows with the entrances cut out by the birds themselves, and Stewart says that in some cases the branches and trunks of the trees are simply riddled by holes made year after year by the birds, who often seem to make a new entrance into the same hole.
Phillips found them breeding in April and again in August and one nest was taken from a “great natural hollow in a huge tree, very high up, growing in Cardamum jungle.”
Legge found them breeding in June, July and August, and says that he found two eggs in a deserted nest-hole of a Barbet or Wood¬pecker, laid on the bare wood. This is the only instance I know in which deserted nest-holes of Barbets or Woodpeckers have been used, for, as a rule, the entrances are much too small.
Like other Grackles, sometimes the Ceylon birds make a nest of much rubbish of various kinds and sometimes lay the eggs on the bare wood. Lazarus told me that the birds were very fond of rotten Cocoanut-palms. The eggs are quite typical in every way.
Thirty-four eggs average 33.3 x 22.9 mm. : maxima 36.2 x 26.1 mm. ; minima 30.9 x 23.6 and 32.3 x 21.6 mm.

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 2. 1933.
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966. Gracula ptilogenys
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Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Ceylon Grackle
Sri Lanka Hill Myna
Gracula ptilogenys
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