1288. Anthreptes nuchalis nuchalis

(1288) Anthreptes nuchalis nuchalis Blyth.
THE SUMATRAN BANDED SUNBIRD.
Anthreptes hypogrammica hypogrammica, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iii, p. 408.
Anthreptes nuchalis nuchalis, ibid. vol. viii, p. 667.
From Sumatra, the type-locality, this Sunbird extends North into Arakan and East into Borneo, Its extreme Northern limit seems to be Akyab, while it is not uncommon in parts of Western Burma and Tenasserim.
Its breeding haunts are not yet known, but are probably in thin forest, scrub and gardens. The only nest of which I have any record is one taken by Moulton near Sarawak on the 15th August. It was attached to the end of a leaf of a Betel-palm over 20 feet from the ground and in general appearance was like many nests of the Purple Sunbird, though there was no porch over the entrance. It was made of scraps of bark, lichen, dried moss, leaves and fibre bound together with cobwebs and adorned with the usual miscellaneous collection of bits, untidily attached with spiders’ webs, with a lining of seed-down. It measured about 8 inches long by about 4 to 5 wide. The two eggs are pale lilac-grey with a few blotches and many scriggly lines of purple-black, mostly confined to a broad indefinite ring at the larger end ; the secondary spots are of pale lavender and grey.
The two eggs measure 18.0 x 13.0 and 18.0 x 13.2 mm., and may prove to be unusually large.

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: 
1288. Anthreptes nuchalis nuchalis
Spp Author: 
Blyth.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1288
Year: 
1934
Page No: 
228
Common name: 
Sumatran Banded Sunbird
M_ID: 
28906
M_SN: 
Hypogramma hypogrammicum nuchale
Volume: 
Vol. 3
id: 
14378

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