1530. Alcemerops amictus

(1530) Alcemerops amictus (Temm.).
THE RED-BEARDED BEE-EATER.
Bucia amicta, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iv, p, 243.
Alcemerops amictus, ibid. vol. viii, p. 077.
This beautiful Bee-eater ranges from Tenasserim, through the Malay States, to Sumatra and Borneo. It also occurs in peninsular Siam.
Like the preceding bird, this is a forest species, being found from the foot-hills up to some 4,000 or even 5,000 feet.
So far as is known its breeding habits are quite similar to those of the Blue-bearded Bee-eater. Kelsall obtained two eggs from a chamber at the end of a tunnel dug in a sandy bank at Kota Klanggi, Pahang, in August. Kellow, however, found three nesting tunnels near Taiping between the 7th and 19th February containing five, three and five eggs, all of which were in burrows, about 4 feet deep, dug in the stiff soil of small streams running through dense forest. A female was caught on one nest and a male on another so, evidently, both sexes incubate.
Thirteen eggs average 28.8 x 24.0 mm. : maxima 30.5 x 26.3 and 29.0 x 27.0 mm. ; minima 28.0 x 23.6 and 28.9 x 23.2 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: 
1530. Alcemerops amictus
Spp Author: 
Temm.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1530
Year: 
1934
Page No: 
401
Common name: 
Red Beaeded Bee Eater
M_ID: 
9465
M_CN: 
Red-bearded Bee-eater
M_SN: 
Nyctyornis amictus
Volume: 
Vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
14672

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