1886. Macropygia ruficeps assimilis

(1886) Macropygla ruflceps assimilis Hume.
Macropygia ruficeps assimilis, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed, vol. v, p. 256.
The Burmese Little Cuckoo-Dove is found from Karenni and Shandoung in Pegu South to Muleyit. It also occurs in the Shan States and has once been reported in Siam.
My summary of its breeding in ‘Pigeons and Doves' (p. 250, 1913) still contains all that is known about it with the exception of a nest and egg taken by Hopwood on the 14th May at Nwalabo, in South Tenasserim, at 3,500 feet elevation. The first record of this little Dove’s breeding is that of Mr. S. M. Robinson (Journ. Bomb. Nat. Hist. Soc. vol. xxi, p. 250, 1912):—“Higher up the hill, after the undergrowth had ceased, in bamboo-jungle consisting of separate clumps of 6, 8 or 10 bamboos and quite open, I saw a pad of moss where the bamboo shoots take off in a cluster. On going up a long-tailed Dove flew off. I waited 25 minutes and shot it practically on the nest. This consisted of a flat pad of moss, almost quite bard, about 12 feet up the bamboo. It was difficult to get the egg as I expected it would roll off every minute as we telescoped the bamboo.
“The egg measured 1.26 by .84 in., a perfect ellipse, and cream tinted with very faint coffee-colour.”
On the 25tb of the same year and in the same place Mr. J. P. Cook found a second nest with one hard-set egg. The nest, like the last, was placed high up on a single bamboo but, unlike that taken by Mr. Robinson, was of the usual type, “composed of a very scanty collection of twigs.” The egg unfortunately got broken in taking it down from the nest.
The nest taken by Mr. Hopwood is said to have been made solely of moss and moss-roots and to have been found in a bamboo clump. This egg measured 29.1 x 21.0 mm. and is a creamy cafe-au-lait in colour.
The other eggs described in 'Pigeons and Doves’ all refer to the typical race, M. r. ruficeps. These were taken from nests made of twigs with moss in the. base, and sometimes almost entirely of this material.

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 4. 1935.
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