1496. Psittacula eupatria eupatria

(1496) Psittacula eupatria eupatria (Linn.).
THE CEYLONESE LARGE PAROQUET.
Psittacula eupatria eupatria, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iv, p. 198.
This Paroquet is common in Ceylon and Stewart also obtained it in Travancore. Jerdon believed he had seen these Paroquets in the Carnatic, while those seen by Taylor in Mysore and by Jerdon in Malabar were almost certainly of this species, I have also a. clutch of eggs of this species taken by Davidson, one of which is fully scribed by him, taken in Silpandy, Southern Khandesh. They must, however, be very rare in all these districts as there is nothing more on record about any of them.
In Ceylon this bird is common, being found from the plains up to about 3,500 feet, though more often below 1,000. It breeds in almost any kind of country—forest, open woods, quite open and cultivated land and even in gardens and parks. In spite of this there is very little known about its nesting habits, and I have never been able to secure its eggs from Ceylon.
Wait sums up what is known as follows (‘Birds of Ceylon,’ 2nd ed. p, 223) :—“The breeding season is from November to about March. The birds usually select natural holes m trees on the outskirts rather than in the interior of forests, increasing these holes to a suitable depth and size. Two to four white glossless eggs are laid. Average size about 1.2 by .95” (=30.5 x 24.1 mm.).
The two eggs taken by Davidson on the 9th January measure 32.9 x 26.5 and 34.5 x 26.6 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: 
1496. Psittacula eupatria eupatria
Spp Author: 
Linn.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1496
Year: 
1934
Page No: 
373
Common name: 
Ceylonese Large Paraquet
M_ID: 
11900
M_SN: 
Psittacula eupatria eupatria
Volume: 
Vol. 3
id: 
14626

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