1392. Micropternus brachyurus jerdonii

(1392) Micropternus brachyurus jerdonii Malherbe.
THE SOUTHERN RUFOUS WOODPECKER.
Micropternus brachyurus gularis, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iv, p. 65.
Micropternus brachyurus jerdonii, ibid, vol. viii, p. 673.
The Southern Rufous Woodpecker is found in Southern India South of a line drawn from South Orissa to the North of the Bombay City.
It seems to inhabit much the same kind of country as the other subspecies, but the only note on its nidification is that of Davidson, who writes (Journ. Bomb. Nat. Hist. Soc. vol. vi, p. 336, 1891):— “This is a common Woodpecker in Kanara. I think the birds continue to inhabit their old nests, as I have found them about a nest I have known for months and there were no signs of any intention to lay again. The birds make a small tunnel into one of the nests of the small tree-ant, and hollow out a largish chamber. I have always found the ants still there, and have been well stung on examining the nest-hole. I think the birds breed in the rains, but in the middle of March a villager brought me three Woodpecker eggs which I flung on the ground.”
Later Davidson succeeded in getting eggs in February, March and April, and Stewart obtained them in the latter two months in Travancore.
The number of eggs in a clutch seems to be two or throe, generally the former.
Ten eggs average 28.1 x 20.1 mm. : maxima 30.2 x 21.8 mm. ; minima 24.8 x 17.3 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: 
1392. Micropternus brachyurus jerdonii
Spp Author: 
Malherbe.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1392
Year: 
1934
Page No: 
303
Common name: 
Sourn Rufous Woodpecker
M_ID: 
11159
M_SN: 
Micropternus brachyurus jerdonii
Volume: 
Vol. 3
id: 
14500

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