1644. Strix aluco biddulplii

(1644) Strix aluco biddulphi Scully.
THE GILGIT WOOD-OWL.
Strix aluco biddulphi. Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iv, p, 397.
The distribution of this Owl is even to-day rather doubtful, and many records of the Occurrence in South Kashmir of the next bird, S. nivicola, possibly really refer to this one. Whitehead found it at Kohat in January and March ; Hume obtained one at Peshawar and one at Mardan, while several specimens of Wood-Owls procured by Ward in Kashmir are also referable to this bird.
The only two pairs of eggs in my collection undoubtedly referable to this species were taken by Ward near Sonamerg in May 1904. Both these clutches were laid on the ground on the banks of rocky streams running through forest. In neither case were they in regular caves, but were under large rocks overhanging shallow hollows.
The two clutches differ somewhat in size ; one pair measures 48.0 x 41.0 and 49.8 x 42.2 mm., the other 53.1 x 45.5 and 52.3 x 46.0 mm.
In shape, texture etc, the eggs are quite typical.
Including a fifth single egg the average is 50.6 x 43.3 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: 
1644. Strix aluco biddulplii
Spp Author: 
Scully
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1644
Year: 
1934
Page No: 
500
Common name: 
Gilgit Wood Owl
M_ID: 
6641
M_SN: 
Strix aluco biddulphi
Volume: 
Vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
14811

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