965. Gracula religiosa andamanensis

(965) Gracula religiosa andamanensis Tytler.
THE ANDAMAN GRACKLE.
Eulabes javana andamanensis, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iii, p. 20.
Gracula religiosa andamanensis, ibid. vol. viii, p. 649.
This Grackle is confined to the Andamans and Nicobars, possibly excluding the South Andamans.
So far all that has been recorded on the breeding of this bird is Davison’s note in ‘Nests and Eggs,’ in which he writes :—“In the Andamans they breed in April and May, building a nest of grass, dried leaves, etc., in holes in trees.” He, however, failed to obtain eggs.
Osmaston found it very common round about Port Blair, where at one time there was a regular trade in these birds. He obtained one clutch of these eggs in a hole about 14 feet from the ground in Screw-Pine, and another in a hole in a dead tree at a height of 25 feet.
Anderson also obtained a single hard-set egg, with two young, in a similar place to the last.
The eggs are exactly like those of the other Graculas.
Seven average 35.4 x 25.4 mm. : maxima 36.9 x 25.3 and 34.3 x 26.0 mm. ; minima 34.3 x 26.0 and 35.1 x 24.3 mm.

BookTitle: 
The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Reference: 
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 2. 1933.
Title in Book: 
965. Gracula religiosa andamanensis
Spp Author: 
Tytler.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
965
Year: 
1933
Page No: 
509
Common name: 
Andaman Grackle
M_ID: 
26774
M_SN: 
Gracula religiosa andamanensis
Volume: 
Vol. 2
Term name: 
id: 
14064

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