1026. Uroloncha striata squamicoUis

(1026) Uroloncha striata squamicollis Sharpe.
THE CHINESE WHITE-BACKED MUNIA.
Uroloncha striata squamicollis, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iii, p. 86.
The Chinese race of White-backed Munia only enters our territory in the Eastern Shan States, but occurs in North Yunnan and Western and Southern China.
It has not yet been found breeding within our limits, but Messrs. Vaughan and Jones found it breeding freely in South China. They write (Ibis, 1913, p. 176) :—“At Canton, Macao and on the West River it is a common breeding species, and builds its nest in a variety of situations, often in a fir-tree, sometimes quite low down, or in a bamboo, or, again, high up in a hanyan or bombax tree at an elevation of perhaps 40 to 60 feet. In a large tree the nest is frequently placed at the extremity of a small bough, and in such a situation is very difficult of access. Empty nests are used for sleeping in, in the cold weather, and the birds were seen building a nest in January which was used as a sleeping place.
“Five or six eggs are laid, from early in April until September, and sometimes even later. Seven is not very infrequently the clutch early in the season.”
Thirty-four eggs taken by Messrs. Vaughan and Jones average 16.7 x 11.7 mm. : maxima 17.9 x 11.6 and 17.2 x 12.0 mm. ; minima 14.9 x 11.0 and 15.0 x 10.5 mm.

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: 
1026. Uroloncha striata squamicoUis
Spp Author: 
Sharpe.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1026
Year: 
1934
Page No: 
22
Common name: 
Chinese White Backed Munia
M_ID: 
30119
M_SN: 
Lonchura striata subsquamicollis
Volume: 
Vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
14121

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