1481. Rhopodytes diardl

(1481) Rhopodytes diardi (Lesson),
THE SUMATRAN GREEN-BILLED MALKOHA.
Rhopodytes diardi. Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iv, p. 180.
Diard’s Malkoha, as this bird has hitherto been called, oceurs-from about the latitude of Mergui in Tenasserim, through the Malay States, to Sumatra.
What little we know of this Malkoha shows it to be a bird of similar habits and similar kind of country to those of the Malkohas already dealt with.
Kellow took several nests, each with two eggs, in early March round about Perak in the Federated Malay States, while Hopwood took one nest, also with two eggs, near Tavoy on the 27th April.
Kellow describes the nests as “very shallow saucers of fine twigs, about six to eight inches in diameter and one to two inches deep. The lining is of green leaves and the nests were built in bushes in scrub and other jungle.”
From the above this Malkoha would seem to be an early breeder, but more experience of their nidification might well add greatly to the period of laying.
All the clutches taken were of two eggs only and, as some were much incubated, two may prove to be the full clutch for this Southern bird.
The eight eggs average 31.6 x 25.2 mm. ; maxima 33.6 x 26.5 mm. ; minima 29.0 x 25.1 and 30.5 x 23.8 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: 
1481. Rhopodytes diardl
Spp Author: 
Lesson
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1481
Year: 
1934
Page No: 
363
Common name: 
Sumatran Green Billed Malkoha
M_ID: 
6027
M_CN: 
Black-bellied Malkoha
M_SN: 
Phaenicophaeus diardi
Volume: 
Vol. 3
id: 
14606

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