1009. Ploceus megarhynchus

(1009) Plooeus megarhynchus Hume.
THE GOLDEN-CHINNED BAYA.
Plooeus megarhynchus, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol iii, p. 69.
This Weaver-Bird was described by Hume from a bird obtained at Kaaldingie, Kuman Terai, and was afterwards obtained by Jamrach from, according to Finn, “somewhere in the Eastern Himalayas.” From that time until O’Donel discovered a colony breeding in the Buxa Duars no one ever saw it. It is probably a bird which breeds in the Sub-Himalayan Terai from Kuman to Bhutan, at heights somewhere below 4,000 feet, at which elevation O’Donel found a colony breeding in 1912, collecting some specimens which he sent to the Bombay Museum.
In letters to me O’Donel says that he discovered the colony breeding in a vast area of grass, more or less intermixed with scrub, and that the nests were untidy balls of grass-strips, far more like the nests of P. manyar than those of P. philippinus, and that none of them had tubular entrances. They were larger than those of manyar and were affixed to the stems of the grass, generally to several of these, loosely and carelessly put together and with no hning. The colony consisted of at least twenty pairs but seems to have been rather scattered.
The only eggs known are some laid by Jamrach’s birds in captivity on the 19th September, 1901, They are, of course, white and just like other Ploceus eggs, and measure between 20.0 x 14.4 and 22.8 x 15.1 mm.
O’Donel was, unfortunately, never able to visit this colony again, and no one has since 1912 seen this bird in its breeding haunts.

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: 
1009. Ploceus megarhynchus
Spp Author: 
Hume.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1009
Year: 
1934
Page No: 
4
Common name: 
Finns Baya
M_ID: 
29645
M_CN: 
Finn's Weaver
M_SN: 
Ploceus megarhynchus
Volume: 
Vol. 3
id: 
14100

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