1499. Psittacula eupatria magnirostris

(1499) Psittacula eupatria magnirostris Ball.
THE ANDAMAN LARGE PAROQUET.
Psittacula eupatria magnirostris, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iv. p. 201.
This form is at present restricted to the Andamans and Cocos Islands, but I have little doubt that when more material is available birds from the latter islands, with their small bills and small size, will have to be separated.
The nidification of this race is similar to that of others of the species, but they seem to make their nest-holes at prodigious heights from the ground. Osmaston writes of one :—“The nest was in a hole in a huge Gurjan-tree 150' from the ground. The tree was branchless for over 100' and the nest was reached by a Burmese convict after several hours’ work forming a ladder up to it by tying giant ladders all the way up the trunk.” Another nest was 60 feet up, while Wickham writes of a third taken for him :— “My P. magnirostris was a devil of a climb ; I could not watch the man making it, well up over 100 feet in an immense jungle-tree. The male, a grand bird in splendid plumage, I saw feeding the female, who came out of the hole to be fed and then retired back into it again. The nest was more than 8 feet in from the entrance-hole. As I write the same nest-hole is now occupied by a pair of Paloeornis fasciatus, which is perhaps the most common bird of the genus here.”
The birds lay two or three eggs only and these are deposited in February and March.
Ten eggs, all I have seen, average 35.1 x 28.2 mm. : maxima 36.1 x 28.3 and 34.1 x 29.0 mm. ; minima 34.0 x 27.1 and 36.1 x 26.3 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: 
1499. Psittacula eupatria magnirostris
Spp Author: 
Ball.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1499
Year: 
1934
Page No: 
376
Common name: 
Andaman Large Paraquet
M_ID: 
11901
M_SN: 
Psittacula eupatria magnirostris
Volume: 
Vol. 3
id: 
14629

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