1480. Rhopodytes tristis longieaudatus

(1480) Rhopodytes tristis longicaudatus (Gray).
THE MALAY LARGE GREEN-BILLED MALKOHA.
Rhopodytes tristis longicaudatus. Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iv, p. 179.
This Malkoha is found over the whole of Burma except the Chin Hills in the extreme North-West, South it ranges through the Malay Peninsula and East through the Shan States to Siam.
The breeding haunts, nests and eggs of this race differ in no way from those of the preceding bird, though it is possible that they make use of Bamboo-clumps or bushes, as Oates calls them, more often than does the Indian bird.
The breeding season is even longer than it is in India. Oates obtained eggs from the 10th June to the 10th September in Pegu, all with one or two eggs. Bingham found a nest with three eggs in the Thoungyeen Valley on the 13th March and two others a little later. Hopwood also obtained eggs in March near Tavoy, whilst Cook took egga from April to July in the Southern Shan States and in Ataran. The season therefore lasts from early March to the first half of September.
The normal clutch seems to bo two or three, four being quite exceptional, though Macdonald obtained one such clutch at Amherst on the 20th May.
Thirty eggs average 33.2 x 25.7 mm. : maxima 36.0 x 20.1 and 34.9 x 27.5 mm. ; minima 31.1 x 25.0 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: 
1480. Rhopodytes tristis longieaudatus
Spp Author: 
Gray
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1480
Year: 
1934
Page No: 
362
Common name: 
Malay Large Green Billed Malkoha
M_ID: 
6030
M_CN: 
Green-billed Malkoha
M_SN: 
Phaenicophaeus tristis
Volume: 
Vol. 3
id: 
14605

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