1584. Harpaetes fasciatus fasciatus

(1584) Harpactes faseiatus faseiatus Pennant.
THE CEYLON TROGON.
Pyrotrogon faseiatus fasciatus, Fauna B. I, Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iv, p. 316. Harpactes faseiatus faseiatus, ibid. vol. viii, p. 680.
This Trogon is restricted to Ceylon, where it is found throughout the island in dense tree-forest.
Very little is known about the breeding of this bird. Wait says ('Birds of Ceylon,’ 2nd ed. p. 201, 1931) :—“The breeding season is March to May. Two or three very glossy, pale, buff eggs are laid in a hollow in a rotten stump 6 to 12 feet off the ground.
“Five Ceylon eggs are all very spherical and measure 1.01 by .90" ” (=about 25.6 x 24.4 mm.).
Phillips obtained a clutch of three eggs near Mousakande at an elevation of about 3,500 feet. Of these three eggs one was infertile and two rather hard set, and they were taken on the 12th April from a natural hollow “in a tree in heavy jungle.”
They measure 25.3 x 25.0, 26.3 x 25.0 and 25.5 x 25.3 mm. It would be difficult to find eggs more truly spherical than these.
They are of the usual pale cafe-au-lait or buff colour.
A second clutch was taken by him at the same place five years later in a similar position. These three eggs measure 25.4 x 24.0, 25.6 x 24.6 and 26.2 x 23.5 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: 
1584. Harpaetes fasciatus fasciatus
Spp Author: 
Pennant.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1584
Year: 
1934
Page No: 
447
Common name: 
Ceylon Trogon
M_ID: 
8901
M_SN: 
Harpactes fasciatus fasciatus
Volume: 
Vol. 3
id: 
14734

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