1420. Sasia ochracea querulivox

(1420) Sasia ochracea querulivox Stuart Baker.
THE CACHAR RUFOUS PICULET.
Sasia ochracea querulivox, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed, vol. iv, p. 96.
This little Piculet extends from Cachar, Sylhet and Manipur to the Chin Hills.
It is common in Cachar from the foot-hills up to 5,000 feet, but more especially so between 1,000 and 3,000, haunting bamboo-jungle or deserted cultivation surrounded by forests, in which small bamboo and scrub-jungle is growing thinly.
It occasionally makes its nest-hole, never at any great height from the ground, in the branches of small trees. In these cases the entrance is under an inch wide, the tunnel is 3 or 4 and the chamber about 4 by 3 inches or less. Fairly sound branches are chosen and the chambers are rarely made in dead wood.
Normally the holes are drilled in dead bamboos, and the birds have a curious affection for bamboos which have been cut through but left hanging, entangled in the clump from which they have been cut. My first nest was found when, out after a gaur, I was pushing as quickly as possible through some small clump bamboo- jungle. My head bumped against a hanging bit of dead bamboo, when out flew one of these little Woodpeckers. On my sitting quietly down, he returned in five minutes, was caught on the nest and released, whereupon he at once flew back to it and was caught a second time.
Sometimes the birds enter the bamboo by a cut made in it by the woodsman when working at the clump, but nearly always they bore the little entrance themselves, usually at a point where the bamboo has partly rotted. In width it varies from 3/4 of an inch to 1 inch, and is generally just under the node above that on which the eggs are deposited.
Most eggs are laid in April, but I have taken them in June and again in the last week in March.
They number three or four, one as often as the other.
Forty eggs average 15.3 x 12.2 mm. ; maxima 16.7 x 12.5 and 15.4 x 12.9 mm. ; minima 14.0 x 12.0 and 14.4 x 11.5 mm.
Courtship display is very pretty and quite typical of the family. The little female crouches against a bamboo or trunk of a tree and the little male then flutters on to the same a foot or two above her, at once running rapidly backward towards her ; arrived where she is, he then drops a few feet and runs up to her, seems to skip over her and run up the bamboo, and then go through all the procedure again, perhaps once or twice, perhaps half-a-dozen times before any thing further takes place. All the time the head and neck of both birds are twisted backwards and forwards, and volleys of little squeaks are uttered, growing louder and louder until the finale is reached.

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: 
1420. Sasia ochracea querulivox
Spp Author: 
Stuart baker.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1420
Year: 
1934
Page No: 
320
Common name: 
Cachar Rufous Piculet
M_ID: 
10407
M_SN: 
Sasia ochracea reichenowi
Volume: 
Vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
14531

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