1525. Merops orientalis biludschieus

(1525) Merops orientalis biludschicus Neumann.
The Sind Green Bee-eater.
Merops orientalis biludschicus, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iv, p. 236.
This rather pale race occurs from South-East Persia to Sind. It breeds in the Mekran as far North as Fao, and may possibly breed in Southern Mesopotamia. It occurs in the Western Punjab, and may breed there also, but has not been proved to do so. It is very common in Sind, nesting in banks of rivers, canals and ravines, sloping ground, and even in flat desert country, though in the latter the tunnels are generally made in the small hillocks. Often the birds breed singly but more often in scattered colonies, individuals having their tunnels 10 to 100 yards apart from one another.
Gonsalves, however, near Sukkur, and Eates on the Hubb River, noticed colonies of some size, the nesting-holes all close together.
The breeding season is March and April, but a few birds breed in May, while Eates has taken eggs as late as the 26th June.
The full number of eggs laid is five or six.
Fifty eggs average 18.8 x 16.3 mm. : maxima 20.0 x 17.2 and 10.1 x 17.4 mm. ; minima 16.6 x 15.6 and 18.9 x 15.1 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: 
1525. Merops orientalis biludschieus
Spp Author: 
Neumann.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1525
Year: 
1934
Page No: 
396
Common name: 
Sind Green Bee Eater
M_ID: 
9507
M_SN: 
Merops orientalis beludschicus
Volume: 
Vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
14665

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