1702. Ninox scutulata hirsuta

(1702) Ninox scutulata hirsuta Temm.
THE SOUTHERN INDIAN BROWN HAWK-OWL.
Ninox scutulata hirsuta, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iv, p. 457.
This dark race of Hawk-Owl is found in Ceylon and Travancore, while the birds of the South of the Bombay Presidency and again of South Madras are nearer to it than they are to the Northern form.
Its breeding habits, so far as they are known, are similar to those of other races, but Wait notes ('Birds of Ceylon,' 2nd ed. p. 242, 1931) : “Within the last five years or so this bird has come to live in big trees in bungalow compounds in the Cinnamon Gardens, a residential quarter in Colombo. I often hear the cry at night from my house.” He also writes :—“Found mainly in thick jungle, preferably on the borders of tanks, or on river-banks. It breeds from about Xmas to April, laying two or three, almost spherical, white eggs in holes in trees. A Ceylon egg measures 1.45 x 1.27 inches” (=about 36.8 x 32.2 mm.).
Bourdillon, who took three nests containing one, two and one egg respectively, says that in Travancore it is “A Forest Owl not often seen hut often heard and not uncommon between 2,000 and 3,000 feet, while it is also found in the low country. It nests in holes of trees, laying two or three round white eggs, from January to May,”
The above four eggs sent me by Bourdillon were taken in February, March and April, and measure 34.3 x 29.6, 34.3 x 31.5, 35.3 x 31.0 and 38.0 x 29.2 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: 
1702. Ninox scutulata hirsuta
Spp Author: 
Temm.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1702
Year: 
1934
Page No: 
535
Common name: 
Sourn Indian Brown Hawk Owl
M_ID: 
6922
M_SN: 
Ninox scutulata hirsuta
Volume: 
Vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
14874

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