747. Pericrocotus cinnamomeus malabaricus

(747) Pericrocotus cinnamomeus malabaricus Gmel.
Pericrocotus peregrinus malabaricus, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. ii, p. 331.
Pericrocotus cinnamomeus malabaricus, ibid. vol. viii, p. 636.
This Southern race of Minivet is found breeding in Ceylon and thence North to a line drawn roughly from Belgaum on the West of India to a little North of the City of Madras on the East.
This little Minivet breeds both on the outskirts of open forest and all round towns and villages. Davidson, in epistola, says :—
“Nests just like all other Minivet’s nests, shallow cups of twigs etc., covered all over with lichen, bark or chips of leaves and moss to make them look like lumps on the trees. There is no lining except, perhaps, a few stalks of grass. Most nests are very high up, and any tree will do for nesting purposes in orchard, compound, side of road, or one standing in cultivation.”
It is impossible to say anything more of the present race’s nidification which would not do equally well for any one of the others.
In Ceylon Phillips took the nests from comparatively low down in rubber-trees and in Grevillea-trees growing in Tea Gardens.
I have eggs obtained in Southern India taken in every month from March to October, but most eggs seem to be laid in July and August. In Ceylon most eggs are laid in April and May.
In India the hen lays three eggs and rarely as many as four or as few as two, but in Ceylon she generally lays two, while some¬times one only is incubated.
The average of thirty-four eggs is 16.6 x 13.4 mm. : maxima 18.1 x 13.0 and 17.0 x 14.0 mm. : minima 15.1 x 12.8 mm. They exactly resemble the eggs of the other races and have the same curious variations, and are equally beautiful and richly coloured.

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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747. Pericrocotus cinnamomeus malabaricus
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Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Common name: 
Malabar Small Minivet
Pericrocotus cinnamomeus malabaricus
Vol. 2

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