1553. Halcyon smyrnensis saturatior

(1553) Halcyon smyrnensis saturatior Hume.
THE ANDAMAN WHITE-BREASTED KINGFISHER.
Halcyon smyrnensis saturatior. Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed, vol. iv, p. 270.
This race is confined to the Andamans and Nicobars, where it frequents the mouths of rivers and creeks in more or less heavy forest.
Osmaston took many nests of the Andaman White-breasted Kingfisher in the Andamans, where they made the usual nesting-hole in banks, often where the water was quite brackish, sometimes actual salt sea-water. The tunnels seem to have been almost invariably between 2 and 3 feet long, while the breeding season is restricted to April and May.
The normal full clutch is three only, but twice in 1905 Osmaston obtained clutches of four eggs each.
Sixty eggs average 30.2 x 20.4 mm. maxima 32.0 x 20.2 and 30.3 x 28.0 mm. ; minima 28.9 x 20.4 and 29.0 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. 3. 1934.
Title in Book: 
1553. Halcyon smyrnensis saturatior
Spp Author: 
Hume
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1553
Year: 
1934
Page No: 
422
Common name: 
Andaman White Breasted Kingfisher
M_ID: 
9116
M_SN: 
Halcyon smyrnensis saturatior
Volume: 
Vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
14701

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