1883. Cenopopelia tranquebarica murmensis

(1883) Oenopopelia tranquebarica murmensis Hartert.
Oenopopelia tranquebarica murmensis, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. v, p. 252.
This bird was described by Hartert from Nepal, and it extends East through the outer Himalayas as far as Eastern Assam, where it breeds from the plains up to an elevation of about 4,000 feet. There is nothing on record about its breeding beyond Hodgson’s remarks that “it lives and breeds in the lower valleys and the Sal forests of Nepal, and lays from January to May two or three white eggs.”
I found a few nests of this race in Tezpur and North Lakhimpur, and these differed in no way from those of the other races. One nest I took was on a small tree, very exposed, on an open grass plain and quite close to a steamer station on the North Bank of the Brahmapootra ; another was in a small tree in a spinney on a rocky island in the Subansiri ; while a third was in a bush at the edge of forest next to open tea-land in the foot-hills of the Himalayas. These three form good examples of the variety of sites chosen, and all were under 12 feet from the ground, that in the bush being only about 4 feet.
I have taken eggs from March to May and Primrose took a clutch at Kurseong on the 14th May, but I have no doubt the full breeding season is much longer than these three months.
I have been able to measure only ten eggs. These average 27.3 x 20.8 mm. : maxima 28.9 x 21. mm. ; minima 25.7 x 20.5 and 27.0 x 20.2 mm.
One or two of my eggs of this race, as well as a few of the other races, have a very faint ivory tinge, only to be noticed when placed alongside very glossy white eggs.

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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1883. Cenopopelia tranquebarica murmensis
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Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Sikkim Red Turtle-dove
Streptopelia tranquebarica humilis
Vol. 4

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