1391. Micropternus brachyurus mesos

(1391) Micropternus brachyurus mesos Kloss.
THE ORISSA RUFOUS WOODPECKER.
Micropternus brachyurus mesos, Fauna B, I., Birds, 2nd ed, vol. iv, p. 65.
This subspecies, which forms a link between the Southern Indian and the Northern and Eastern races, is restricted to Bengal, Bihar, Northern Orissa and Assam South of the Brahmapootra. I obtained numerous nests of this bird in North Cachar and the Khasia Hills, where it was very common both in thin deciduous forest, secondary growth and in the open park-like lands in the North of the first-named district.
The nests are as I have already fully described for other races.
The breeding season commences in April and I have taken eggs on the 4th of that month and up to the end of June. Occasionally they may lay in the end of March, as I saw birds apparently feeding young in the nest in the first week of April in an ants’ nest in a position impossible to approach.
As usual with this species, three is the normal number of eggs in a clutch.
Twenty-two eggs average 27.2 x 20.1 mm. : maxima 28.3 x 20.1 and 28.0 x 21.0 mm, ; minima 25.0 x 20.1 and 28.1 x 18.9 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: 
1391. Micropternus brachyurus mesos
Spp Author: 
Kloss.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1391
Year: 
1934
Page No: 
303
Common name: 
Orissa Rufous Woodpecker
M_ID: 
11158
M_CN: 
Rufous Woodpecker
M_SN: 
Micropternus brachyurus
Volume: 
Vol. 3
id: 
14499

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