1426. Megalaima virens virens

(1426) Megalaima virens virens (Bodd.).
THE CHINESE GREAT BARBET.
Megalaima virens virens, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed, vol. iv, p. 104.
This grand Barbet is found in North-East, Central and Eastern Burma, South into Tenasserim and Peninsular Siam, and East in Yunnan and the Indo-Chinese countries into South China. AH the races of this species are alike in that they frequent forests, and nearly always those which consist of lofty trees, a fair amount of undergrowth and more or less evergreen in character. Occasionally they may wander into more open country when attracted by trees in fruit, and I have seen them on various Fici standing in patches of cultivated ground. I do not, however, think they ever breed in trees in the open.
The present race is found as low down as 1,000 feet and as high, sometimes, as 7,000 feet.
Bingham obtained nests in Tenasserim in the Thoungyeen Valley, three nest-holes being drilled in upright stems of jungle-trees at between 20 and 30 feet from the ground. He describes the holes as mere entrances, some 3 inches long, bored into natural hollows.
The holes contained respectively three eggs, one egg with one young one, and two young ones.
They seem to breed from February to April ; Bingham found his three nests between the 12th February and the 26th March. Hopwood found them breeding in the Upper Chindwin on 21st April, while Grey took one in Tenasserim on the 24th February.
They lay two or three eggs only.
Fourteen eggs average 34.3 x 20.5 mm. : maxima 39.2 x 28.6 mm. ; minima 30.4 x 25.4 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: 
1426. Megalaima virens virens
Spp Author: 
Bodd.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1426
Year: 
1934
Page No: 
324
Common name: 
Chinese Great Barbet
M_ID: 
10024
M_SN: 
Megalaima virens virens
Volume: 
Vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
14539

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