1878. Streptopelia senegalensis ermanni

(1878) Streptopelia senegalensis ermanni (Bonap.).
THE PERSIAN LITTLE BROWN DOVE.
Streptopelia senegalensis ermanni, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. v, p, 247.
This race of the Little Brown Dove occurs within our limits in Sind and the frontiers of Afghanistan, Baluchistan and, outside our limits, in Turkestan, Mesopotamia and Persia to our boundaries.
In Sind, according to Ticehurst, a Dove of this species breeds freely from March to June and again sometimes, in a good monsoon, in July. Which, was the race breeding Ticehurst was unable to decide (Ibis, 1923, p. 465), but I have little doubt it was ermanni. In Quetta Williams and Betham found this bird very common, breeding in great numbers. The former writes (Journ. Bomb. Nat. Hist. Soc. vol. xxxiii, p. 611, 1929) “This little Dove is resident throughout the Quetta Valley and only moves down the passes if the. winters are too severe and the snowfall too heavy.
“It starts nesting early in Spring and continues all through the Summer and early Autumn. Its nest is the usual classic structure ‘two twigs and a cross stick,’ and the eggs laid in it are the prevailing type of its down-country cousm.”
The only remark that need be made about its nest is that it has never been known to be built in houses or verandahs, but that Bell told Ticehurst that he had found several nests on the ground.
Harington took a nest at Peshawar, presumably of this race, on the 26th April and, so far as recorded, it seems that eggs may be laid any time between April and October but never in the Winter months.
Twelve eggs average 25.4 x 20.2 mm., and it is interesting to note that they average larger than the typical form, as does the bird itself, the greater proportional breadth being especially noticeable. Maxima 27.0 x 21.1 and 26.3 x 21.2 mm. ; minima 24.0 x 19.4 and 25.0 x 19.3 mm.

BookTitle: 
The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Reference: 
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 4. 1935.
Title in Book: 
1878. Streptopelia senegalensis ermanni
Spp Author: 
Bonap.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1878
Year: 
1935
Page No: 
167
Common name: 
Persian Little Brown Dove
M_ID: 
5019
M_SN: 
Spilopelia senegalensis ermanni
Volume: 
Vol. 4
id: 
15056

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