684(a). Niltava sundara fastuosa

(684 a) Niltava sundara fastuosa Lesson.
Niltava sundara sundara, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. ii, p. 259 (part.).
Niltava sundara fastuosa, ibid. vol. viii, p. 632.
The Murree Beautiful Niltava occurs from Murree to Mussoorie, and seems to be common everywhere during the breeding season between 5,000 and 7,000 feet, occasionally being found both a little lower and a little higher.
In its nesting habits there is nothing to record that has not already been written about the preceding bird. It builds its nest in exactly the same kind of situations and in the same kind of country. Rattray found several nests round Murree and writes:— “Common round Murree at about 6,000 feet, but none at either Changla or Dangagali. Nests difficult to find. Generally placed in a hole in the bank of a shady nullah, but I have found then in a hole in a tree-stump and at the roots of bushes.”
It is possible that a greater number of individuals of this race build in banks than do those of the Eastern form. Jones and Dodsworth both observed this Niltava breeding in banks, and Hume found his only nest “placed in a hollow at the base of an aged oak.”
Normally the nest is just the same beautiful cup of green moss, lined with roots, made by the Nepal Niltava, but Hume describes his nest as “a mere pad of moss, about 5 inches in diameter and 1.1/2 inch thickness, with a very broad shallow depression in the middle. In and about the inner surface of this depression a certain amount of very fine silky fur and one or two downy feathers were interwoven, making a kind of lining.”
The nesting season is May and June, but may sometimes extend into early July.
The normal full clutch of eggs is four, but sometimes three only are laid. They are, of course, quite indistinguishable from those of the preceding race.
Fourteen eggs, all I have been able to measure, average 20.7 x 15.9 mm. : maxima 22.0 x 15.3 and 20.0 x 16.0 mm. ; minima 19.7 x 15.1 and 20.6 x 15.0 mm.

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 2. 1933.
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Murree Beautiful Niltava
Rufous-bellied Niltava
Niltava sundara
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