1646. Strix indranee indranee

(1646) Strix indranee Indranee Sykes.
Strix indranee indranee, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iv, p. 399.
This Wood-Owl occurs in Ceylon and South India, North to Mahableshwar. It has also been obtained in Goomsoor and in the Shevaroy Hills, while Sykes’s type was a Deccan specimen.
I know nothing about the breeding of this common bird beyond some notes sent me by T. F. Bourdillon with five eggs. Of four he writes to me about the birds under the name of ocellatum as follows:— “These eggs were brought to me (4) as being those of a large Owl. The nests were placed on a shelf of a rock in wooded country in the drier part of Travancore. They were taken on the 12th January.” Later he took another egg from the same place on the 1st March which he gave to Stewart and the latter gave to me. All the eggs are marked “indrani” in Bourdillon’s own handwriting, but seem rather small for this bird. At the same time, Strix ocellata has not been found breeding so far South as Travancore, and I think Bourdillon’s latest identification is probably correct.
The birds are found from the lowest to the highest hills in Travan¬core, while in Ceylon it occurs from sea-level to about 4,500 fect, keeping much to the heaviest evergreen forests.
Wait says (‘Birds of Ceylon,' p. 235):—“This Owl has been found breeding in the Dimbula district in February ; two eggs are laid, either in a hole in a large tree, or in a stick-nest, placed on a rocky shelf, or in the fork of a tree. Four Ceylon eggs average 1.90 by 1.66 ” (=48.2 x 42.3 mm.).
It appears from the above notes that these Owls breed front January to March and that two eggs form the full clutch.
Nine eggs, including Wait’s four Ceylon eggs, average 49.9 x 44.1 mm. : maxima 52.2 x 42.0 and 51.9 x 43.1 mm. The minima, found in some of Wait’s eggs, I have not got, but it will be noticed that the authentic Ceylon eggs are even smaller than those taken by Bourdillon

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 3. 1934.
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1646. Strix indranee indranee
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Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Sourn Brown Wood Owl
Strix leptogrammica indranee
Vol. 3

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