1318. Pitta oatesi

(1318) Pitta oatesi Hume.
Pitta oatesi. Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iii, p. 440.
The range of this Pitta overlaps that of the last in Arakan, while possibly both also occur in the Lower Chindwin ; the present bird occurs at least as far South as Perak in the Malay Peninsula, and is common in Tenasserim. In the East of Burma it occurs from the Kachin Hills and the Southern Shan States to Tenasserim.
I can find no account of the breeding of this fine Pitta, hut notes sent me, with the remains of nests, eggs and birds all describe the nidification as exactly like that of P. nepalensis. Partridge obtained several nests for me near Amherst in Tenasserim in April 1899 ; Kellow sent me one clutch of eggs from Taiping with a hen bird taken on the 2nd January in a bamboo-clump about 3 feet from the ground ; Graham obtained nests in April and May near Bassein, and Macdonald many nests near Tavoy in March. All describe the nests as being the same unwieldy balls of bamboo leaves and grass built by the Blue-naped Pitta but, in every case except one, the nests were built on the ground in dense evergreen- forest and never on trees. The one exception was that taken by Kellow, which was in a clump of bamboos, one of half-a-dozen or so on the outskirts of evergreen-forest.
March to May seems to be the normal breeding season for this Pitta, and Kellow’s January nest appears to be unusual in date as well as in position.
The eggs, four to six in number, are indistinguishable from those of the Blue-naped Pitta.
Forty-four eggs average 28.5 x 24.3 mm. : maxima 31.3 x 25.2 mm. ; minima 25.9 x 24.0 and 27.0 x 23.0 mm.

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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1318. Pitta oatesi
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Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Fulvous Pitta
Rusty-naped Pitta
Hydrornis oatesi
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