983. Sturnla malabarica blythll

(983) Sturnia malabarica blythii Jerdon.
THE SOUTHERN INDIAN GREY-HEADED MYNA.
Sturnia malabarica blythii, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iii, p. 40.
As given in the ‘Fauna,’ the distribution of, this race of the Grey-headed Myna is from the central districts of the Bombay Presidency South to Travancore ; the Nilgiri, Palni and Wynaad Hills and East to Manjarabad in Mysore. Birds in Belgaum are intermediate between the Northern and Southern races.
Macpherson first obtained the eggs of this Myna in Mysore, and since then numerous nests have been taken in Kanara by Davidson and Bell, and others in Travancore by T. P. Bourdillon and Stewart. They breed from the level of the plains up to, apparently, some 2,500 feet but there is very little on record about its nidification.
Stewart and Bourdillon, from whom I have received eggs, describe its haunts and its nesting habits as identical with those of the preceding race but the breeding months seem to be March and April and, according to Macpherson, also May in Mysore.
Three eggs constitute the full clutch and I have not heard of a four. They are, of course, indistinguishable from those of the Northern race.
Fifteen eggs, all I have seen, average 23.8 x 17.9 mm. : maxima 24.9 x 18.0 and 23.5 x 18.2 mm. ; minima 22.8 x 18.2 and 24.0 x 17.5 mm.

BookTitle: 
The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Reference: 
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 2. 1933.
Title in Book: 
983. Sturnla malabarica blythll
Spp Author: 
Jerdon.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
983
Year: 
1933
Page No: 
518
Common name: 
Sourn Indian Grey Headed Myna
M_ID: 
26830
M_CN: 
Malabar Starling
M_SN: 
Sturnia blythii
Volume: 
Vol. 2
Term name: 
id: 
14075

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