1460. Hieroeoccyx fugax nisicolor

(1460) Hierococcyx fugax nisicolor (Blyth).
Hierococcyx fugax nisicolor, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iv, p. 151.
Hodgson’s, or the Nepal, Hawk-Cuckoo breeds in the Lower Himalayas from Nepal and Sikkim to Eastern Assam and the hill-tracts of Burma.
An oviduct egg of this Cuckoo was obtained by Mandelli from a female shot by him on the 5th June. Hume describes this egg as “a broad oval, scarcely at all pointed at the small end, and a little obtuse at the broad end. The colour is a uniform olive-brown, and round the large end there is an indistinct ring of a darker shade the shell is firm and smooth, but there is very little gloss on the egg ; it measures 0.89 by 0.64 ” (=22.6 x 16.3 mm.).
I have taken many Cuckoos’ eggs which agree well with the above in North Cachar and the Khasia Hills, while both Coltart and I took others in Margherita, at all heights between 2,000 and 6,000 feet, while they possibly breed at still higher elevations. We found most of these Cuckoos’ eggs deposited in the nests of various Flycatchers, especially Cyornis and Niltava, and also several in the nests of Heteroxenicus nepalensis.
The ground-colour of the eggs varies from pale grey-green, yellowish-stone or pale brown to a rather warm olive or sienna- brown, speckled all over with darker reddish-brown, fairly dense everywhere, but denser and forming a zone round the larger end. In shape they are long ellipses, both ends much alike. The texture is fine with a smooth and often slightly glossy surface, fragile for a Cuckoo’s egg, but with the usual gritty shell.
They measure about 22.5 x 15.4 mm.
The breeding season is very protracted ; most birds lay in June, but eggs may be found from about the middle of May to the end of July, while I have heard the call up to the end of August and have taken a fresh egg as late as the 14th September.

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 3. 1934.
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1460. Hieroeoccyx fugax nisicolor
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Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Nepal Hawk Cuckoo
Hodgson's Hawk-Cuckoo
Hierococcyx nisicolor
Vol. 3

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