1767. Haematornis cheela burmanicus

(1767) Haematornis cheela burmanicus (Kirke Swann).
Spilornis cheela burmanicus, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed, vol. v, p. 99.
Haematornis cheela burmanicus, ibid. vol. viii, p, 686.
The Burmese race of Serpent-Eagle is found all over Burma as far South as Tavoy and North-West as far as Manipur, Cachar and Sylhet.
Very few nests and eggs of this bird have been taken but there is nothing to show that the nidification differs in any way from that of the other races. It builds in quite similar positions in trees both in forest and in open country, and they have as great a love of water as have the preceding races. Bingham found them breeding in Thoungyeen in Tenasserim, and says that “wherever there is a quin (i, e., marsh) or large patches of wet paddy cultivation a pair of these Harder Eagles are almost certain to be found.” He took one egg from a nest in a Kanyin-tree (Dipterocarpus alatus) 70 feet from the ground on the 14th March. He describes this nest as 3.1/2 feet in diameter, which seems to be unusually large for this species. Other nests have been described to me as no larger than those of cheela. Hume also records under the name of rutherfordi an egg from Faridpore, taken by Cripps, but this should rather be referred to minor unless the Bengal bird is separated. Eggs were taken by myself in Silchar (16. 5. 11) ; by Harington near Mandalay (26. 3. 05) ; by Hopwood on the Lower Chindwin (14. 2. 12) ; by Mackenzie in the Chin Hills (29. 4. 15), and by Macdonald twice in Popa, Upper Burmah.
The eggs differ in no way from those of the other races, and are equally handsome. Eight average 68.7 x 55.3 mm. : maxima 73.1 x 56.0 and 67.9 x 58.2 mm. ; minima 66.1 x 54.1 and 70.0 x 54.0 mm.
In their habits and disposition they resemble the other races, and Macdonald writes of one bird which actually allowed herself to be caught on the nest and removed but, otherwise, was quite passive.

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 4. 1935.
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1767. Haematornis cheela burmanicus
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Kirke swann
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Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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