1524. Merops orientalis birmanus

(1524) Merops orientalis birmanus Neumann.
THE BURMESE GREEN BEE-EATER.
Merops orientalis birmanus, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iv. p. 236.
The Burmese race of Green Bee-eater is found from Assam, throughout the whole of Burma into Siam, Yunnan, Cochin China and Annam.
It is, perhaps, found rather more often in colonies, sometimes of considerable size, than is the Indian bird, and it also occurs in country where there is more cover. In Assam we found it numerous in the wide expanses of grass-land, breeding in the banks and slopes of the roads and ravines which traversed them. In the shallow borrow- pits alongside one of the roads single pairs of birds occupied each pit, while on the banks scattered pairs bred, so that in a mile of road there might be a dozen pairs and then for a long way no more. Near Tounghoo in Burma Hopwood noticed birds breeding in the river-banks in colonies of a dozen to twenty or thirty pairs, and at Maymyo Harington also noticed birds breeding in colonies as well as singly.
The breeding season everywhere is April and May and exceptionally, March.
The full clutch seems to be five more often than six.
Forty eggs average 10.2 x 17.0 mm. ; maxima 20.9 x 17.9 mm. ; minima 18.1 x 16.0 mm.

BookTitle: 
The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Reference: 
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 3. 1934.
Title in Book: 
1524. Merops orientalis birmanus
Spp Author: 
Neumann.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1524
Year: 
1934
Page No: 
396
Common name: 
Burmese Green Bee Eater
M_ID: 
9510
M_SN: 
Merops orientalis ferrugeiceps
Volume: 
Vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
14664

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