1785. Hallastur Indus intermedius

(1785) Haliastur Indus intermedins Gurney.
THE Malay BRAHMINY KITE.
Haliastur indus intermedins, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. v, p. 120.
This race of Brahminy Kite only occurs within our limits in the extreme South of Tenasserim, whence it extends through peninsular Siam and the Malay States to Java.
The only note on this bird’s breeding in Hume’s 'Nests and Eggs’ is to the effect that Bingham “noticed a pair breeding near Kaukarit on the Haundraw River, but the nest when examined on the 4th April was still unfinished.” Mackenzie and Hopwood tell me that they both saw it breeding near Mergui but have no special notes about it.
I have a fine series of its eggs from Mr. J. Houwing taken in Java and, from his account, neither nests nor eggs differ from those of the Indian bird. Only two points seem worthy of note ; the nests are usually quite low down in trees in jungle, the lowest and highest recorded being 8 feet and 15 feet from the ground respectively, while the lining, if present, is often much mixed with feathers.
The full clutch of eggs is two, rarely three. As a series they appear better coloured than those of our Indian birds, but this is only because Mr. Houwing has picked out for me an exceptionally fine series from an immense number.
Forty eggs average 52.5 x 41.8 mm, : maxima 58.1 x 46.6 mm. ; minima 50.0 x 42.0 and 50.8 x 39.0 mm.

BookTitle: 
The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Reference: 
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 4. 1935.
Title in Book: 
1785. Hallastur Indus intermedius
Spp Author: 
Gurney.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1785
Year: 
1935
Page No: 
88
Common name: 
Malay Beahminy Kite
M_ID: 
3055
M_SN: 
Haliastur indus intermedius
Volume: 
Vol. 4
Term name: 
id: 
14961

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