1327. Pitta gurneyi

(1327) Pitta gurneyi Hume.
THE BLACK-BREASTED, or GURNEY’S, PITTA.
Pitta gurneyi, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iii, p. 457.
This Pitta is found in the Tenasserim and Siamese Peninsula to Malacca and is resident wherever found, so that it certainly breeds in Tenasserim, The only nest taken, however, is one by a Dyak collector of Herbert’s who shot the bird as it flew from the nest. This contained four eggs, and a fifth, fully formed and coloured, was taken from the oviduct of the bird shot, which is now in the British Museum.
Herbert, in giving me this clutch, writes :—“This nest, taken on the 9th October, at Klong Wahip, Peninsular Siam, was made of dry bamboo-leaves, domed, with an entrance on one side, and placed on the ground at the foot of a bamboo-clump.
"The eggs are spherical ovals, with both ends alike, glossy creamy white ground, spotted and freckled more or less evenly all over with inky-purple, almost black in some places and very pale in others. There are no angular scratches or writings,”
The eggs vary in size between 25.3 x 22.0 mm, and 27.0 x 22.4 mm.
They can be matched with many eggs of the Indian and of the Green-breasted Pitta, though they are exceptionally freely and darkly spotted.

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: 
1327. Pitta gurneyi
Spp Author: 
Hume.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1327
Year: 
1934
Page No: 
259
Common name: 
Gurneys Pitta
M_ID: 
12564
M_CN: 
Gurney's Pitta
M_SN: 
Hydrornis gurneyi
Volume: 
Vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
14423

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