53. Parus major caschmiriensis

(53) Parus major caschmiriensis Hartert.
THE KASHMIR GREY TIT.
Parus major kaschmiriensis, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 76.
The Kashmir Grey Tit breeds commonly throughout Kashmir, Garhwal, the Simla States and Hills of the North-West. About the higher hills around Naini Tal Whymper found this Tit breeding early in April, taking nests containing six, five and six eggs respectively on the 2nd, 5th and 6th of that month ; in Kashmir, however, May and June seem to be the regular months and Jones also found them breeding during the latter month at Kasauli and in the Simla States.
The nest and eggs of this race do not differ from those of the Northern Indian Grey Tit already described, but when series of all the different races are examined side by side the eggs of this Northern Tit are seen to be more richly and boldly marked than any of the others. The nest is placed in an equally great variety of places and, like the Indian Grey Tit, it seems to have a special affection for holes between the stones of retaining walls.
Four to six is the usual normal clutch but the latter number is often exceeded. Osmaston took clutches of seven and eight in Kashmir, both from nests in Kingfishers’ deserted nesting burrows in the sides of a pit near a village. In a note Osmaston says : “Old Kingfisher’s nest holes are commonly used by this Tit around Srinagar, more often even than holes in trees or walls.”
PARUS MAJOR MAHRATTARUM.
The Southern Grey Tit. (Kotagiri, Nilgiri Hills, 26.4.25.)
An interesting account of this Tit building two nests close together is given by Whistler (Journ. Bomb. Nat. Hist. Soc. vol. xxix, p. 837). The two nests were built side by side under the coping-stones of a wall, the one nest containing four partly incubated eggs, the second nest, on which the bird was sitting, one egg only.
One hundred eggs average 17.2 x 13.4 mm. : maxima 20.1 x 13.6 and 19.5 x 14.5 mm. ; minima 16.3 x 12.1 mm.

BookTitle: 
The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Reference: 
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 1. 1932.
Title in Book: 
53. Parus major caschmiriensis
Spp Author: 
Hartert.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
53
Year: 
1932
Page No: 
60
Common name: 
Kashmir Grey Tit
M_ID: 
21276
M_SN: 
Parus cinereus caschmirensis
Volume: 
Vol. 1
Term name: 
id: 
13280

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