1885. Macropygia ruflpennis BIyth

(1885) Macropygla rufipenis Blyth.
THE ANDAMAN CUCKOO-DOVE.
Macropygia rufipenis, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed, vol. v, p. 255.
This Cuckoo-Dove is restricted to the Andamans and Nicobars and is very common in the former.
All that we know about the breeding of this bird is that Davison found a nest of which he says: “I have never found the nest of this ‘ bird, nor could I obtain any authentic information as to its nidifica¬tion, beyond that it breeds about May, building among the mangroves on the island of Trinkut. I found a nest, and from the sight I got of the bird as she left the nest I put it down at once as that of the present species ; but a few days later I found a nest exactly similar, and containing exactly similar eggs, and off this nest I shot a female Chalcophaps indica, so I infer that the first nest also was one of C. Indica.”
Now, however, that we know so much more about the breeding of other Macropygias there can be no doubt that Davison, who saw the bird, was right in his first impression.
I have a single egg in my collection said to have been taken on the 22nd April in the Abbot and Kloss Expedition to the Nicobars. This is like a small elliptical egg of tusalia and measures 34.0 x 23.0 mm.

BookTitle: 
The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Reference: 
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 4. 1935.
Title in Book: 
1885. Macropygia ruflpennis BIyth
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1885
Year: 
1935
Page No: 
174
Common name: 
Andaman Cuckoo Dove
M_ID: 
5062
M_CN: 
Andaman Cuckoo-Dove
M_SN: 
Macropygia rufipennis
Volume: 
Vol. 4
id: 
15066

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