17. Pica pica sericea

(17) Pica pica sericea Gould.
THE CHINESE MAGPIE.
Pica pica sericea, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 39.
The Chinese Magpie breeds from Korea and South Japan through Northern China to Yunnan and the hills of the Shan States and Kachin Hills. It has also been recorded from the Chin Hills.
Messrs. Vaughan and Jones found these birds breeding in immense numbers in Wawaiyu, Canton, Kuangtung and again all round Hongkong. It is common in the Shan States and occurs in the Kachin Hills, where Grant and Harington took its nests and eggs.
The clutches number five to seven and only differ from those of the Kashmir Magpie in being on an average distinctly paler. Seventy-five average 35.5 x 24.9 mm. : maxima 43.4 x 24.7 and 37.1 x 27.0 mm. ; minima 30.6 x 24.0 and 34.0 x 23.0 mm.
In China they breed almost entirely in February and March, though a few eggs have been seen both in April and May, whilst La Touche found them commencing to build in December. This author also records that they do not always add domes to their nests (Ibis, 1906, p. 433.) In Northern Burma eggs have, so far, only been taken in February and March. Harington found them to be very common in the Bhamo District, on the border of China, where trees are scarce, and he once saw more than a dozen nests.
In parts of Burma and China the Koel regularly victimizes the Magpie instead of any of the Crows.

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: 
17. Pica pica sericea
Spp Author: 
Gould.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
17
Year: 
1932
Page No: 
23
Common name: 
Chinese Magpie
M_ID: 
20467
M_SN: 
Pica pica serica
Volume: 
Vol. 1
Term name: 
id: 
13242

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