1562. Lacedo pulchella amabilis

(1562) Lacedo pulchella amabilis (Hume).
Carcinentes pulchellus amabilis, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iv, p. 280.
Lacedo pulchella amabilis, ibid. vol. viii, p. 678.
This Kingfisher is found in Lower and peninsular Burma and Siam and the Malay States, and also in Cochin China and Annam.
There is nothing on record about the nidification of this bird except a note by Herbert, and even that is given with some doubt.
Over most of its area it is a frequenter of streams in forest, and Kellow’s collectors took several nests near Taiping containing four eggs each. Every clutch, according to the men, was taken from short burrows made in the banks of small streams in more or leas open forest. Unfortunately the men never troubled to catch a bird, as they knew it well and were quite satisfied about the identification. In consequence neither Kellow nor I ever saw a bird to corrobate their statement.
Herbert has the following notes on its breeding (Journ. Siam Nat. Hist. Soc, vol. vi, p, 311, 1924) "I have one clutch of three eggs which were brought in from Meklong by my head collector (26/5/14). He just missed the bird when it flew from the nesting-hole, and as it did not return, he took the eggs. The bird was well known to him both in the field and also as a specimen. The ‘Fauna of British India’ gives the nidification as unknown, and I do not know of any record by which I can compare these eggs. But they are clearly the eggs of a Kingfisher and in shape and measurements they are unlike any of the others, so I have no reason to doubt their being authentic. The nesting hole was in a dead tree about six feet from the ground.
“The eggs are broad, almost spherical ovals. The measurements are 27.3 x 23.6, 27.1 x 23.0, 26.6 x 226 (av, 27.2 x 23.0 mm.).”
After this note was written, but long before it was published, Herbert obtained a second clutch of five eggs at Klongbonglai, apparently in a similar position, the eggs also similar but much smaller.
There can be no doubt now that Herbert’s dutches are both properly identified, but Kellow’s eggs are of course still doubtful.
The clutch of five taken by Herbert vary, according to my measurements, from 24.3 x 20.0 to 25.5 x 20.3 mm.
They were taken on the 26th February, 1917.
The eggs sent me by Kellow were taken between the 16th February and the 3rd May.

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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Pegu Banded Kingfisher
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