1515. Coryllis beryllinus

(1515) Coryllis beryllinus (Forster).
THE CEYLON LORIQUET.
Coryllis beryllinus, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iv, p. 219.
This little Loriquet is found only in Ceylon, where Wait, says it is a very familiar little bird, being constantly found in gardens and round about villages, tea plantations etc. at all elevations from the foot-hills up to some 4,000 feet.
He adds : “The breeding season lasts from March to June. For its nest it chooses a small natural cavity in a tree, excavating the interior to a depth of 2 to 4 feet. The clutch consists of two or three eggs, laid on a pad of green leaves spread about an inch thick at the bottom of the hole. They are white and glossless and measure about .75 x .62 inch.”
Three eggs given to me by Wait, taken on the 14th February, measure 18.8 x 14.8, 18.9 x 15.0 and 18.4 x 14.9 mm.
Jenkins, who, however, failed to get eggs, told me that they some¬times laid their eggs in holes in Toddy-palms and that the birds had been known to get drunk and almost helpless on the juice.

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: 
1515. Coryllis beryllinus
Spp Author: 
Forster
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1515
Year: 
1934
Page No: 
386
Common name: 
Ceylon Loriquet
M_ID: 
11469
M_CN: 
Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot
M_SN: 
Loriculus beryllinus
Volume: 
Vol. 3
id: 
14651

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