1506. Psittacula melanorhyncha

(1506) Psittacula melanorhyncha Sykes.
THE BLUE-WINGED PAROQUET.
Psittacula columboides, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iv, p. 208.
Psittacula melanorhyncha, ibid. VOL. viii, p. 676.
This little Paroquet occurs on the South-West of India from about the latitude of Poona in the North of the Bombay Presidency to Travancore in the South.
In Travancore Bourdillon says it is common in the South up to some 3,000 feet but that in the North it ascends to 6,000 feet.
The Blue-winged Paroquet haunts much the same type of country as does the Slaty-headed but, unlike that bird, apparently always makes use of natural hollows at great heights in trees and never excavates a hole for itself, not even to the extent of cutting entrances into rotten wood.
F. Bourdillon obtained nests on the 6th January (1 fresh egg), the 20th January (2 fresh eggs) and the 16th February (4 hard set), and adds that the breeding season may be said to be from the 1st January to the dose of March. The nests were taken at heights between 16 and 100 feet from the ground.
Stewart, whose notes on the breeding agree with that of BourĀ¬dillon, took a fine series of eggs, now in my collection, in January and February, while Aitken had nestlings brought in to him on the 24th May taken in the hills near Poona.
Twenty-five eggs average 28.3 x 24.5 mm. : maxima 30.3 x 25.1 mm. ; minima 27.0 x 22.3 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: 
1506. Psittacula melanorhyncha
Spp Author: 
Sykes.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1506
Year: 
1934
Page No: 
381
Common name: 
Blue Winged Paraquet
M_ID: 
11920
M_CN: 
Blue-winged Parakeet
M_SN: 
Psittacula columboides
Volume: 
Vol. 3
id: 
14639

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