1503. Psittacula cyanoeephala bengalensis

(1503) Psittacula cyanocephala bengalensis (Forst.).
THE EASTERN BLOSSOM-HEADED PAROQUET.
Psittacula cyanocephala bengalensis, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed, vol. iv, p. 206.
This race takes the place of the preceding in the Himalayas from Eastern Nepal to Assam ; Bengal ; the whole of Burma as far South as Tenasserim and then East through Yunnan, the Shan States and the Indo-Chinese countries to South China,
The nidification is similar to that of the preceding race, but this bird often breeds in buildings and walls. I found a huge flock of several hundreds breeding in the high flat wall of an old temple near Tarkeswar. The wall must have been 40 feet high or more, most birds breeding in the upper part, in small recesses in the wall or in holes where bricks bad fallen out. The birds collect round their breeding places in December and lay from January to March, a few birds only laying in April. Many birds breed in large and small colonies in Mango-groves in Bengal during March and April, while in the Assam hills many birds breed in April and early May.
Forty eggs average 25.0 x 20.4 mm. : maxima 28.5 x 22.0 mm. ; minima 22.0 x 19.1 mm.
The male and female, when sitting, often refuse to move until they are lifted out of the hole, hissing loudly and biting fiercely at the hand which holds them.

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: 
1503. Psittacula cyanoeephala bengalensis
Spp Author: 
Forst.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1503
Year: 
1934
Page No: 
379
Common name: 
Eastern Blossom Headed Paraquet
M_ID: 
11916
M_CN: 
Plum-headed Parakeet
M_SN: 
Psittacula cyanocephala
Volume: 
Vol. 3
id: 
14635

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