984. Sturnia malabarica andamanensis

(984) Sturnia malabarica andamanensis.

The Andaman White-headed Myna.

Temenuchus andamanensis Tytler, Beavan, Ibis, 1867. p. 329 (Andamans). Sturnia andamanensis. Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 529.

Vernacular names. None recorded.

Description. Whole head, neck and lower plumage, except under tail-coverts, white ; the latter pale rufous ; back and rump pale grey ; central tail-feathers black glossed with green; outer tail-feathers pale rufous with black bases ; wings black with green reflections on the margins.

Colours of soft parts. Iris pure white to pearly or bluish white; bill yellow with the base smalt-blue; legs and feet pale yellow to fleshy-yellow, claws horny.

Measurements rather larger than $. m. malabarica ; wing 103 to 113 mm.; tail 75 to 76 mm.; culmen 20 to 21 mm.; tarsus 27 to 28 mm.

Distribution. Andamans only.

Nidification. Similar to that of the other races. Osmaston describes- the nest as being made of small pliant twigs and a feather or two, placed in a hole in a tree at any height from 6 to 30 feet or more. They breed from the end of March to the middle of May. Twenty eggs average 25.5 x 19.0 mm. : maxima 27.1 x 19.0 and 26.1 x 20.3 mm.; minima 24.0 x 18.9 and 25.1 x 17.9 mm.

Habits. The same as those of the other races.

The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds(second Edition)
Baker, EC S (1922–1930) The fauna of British India including Ceylon and Burma. Second edition. vol.3 1926.
Title in Book: 
984. Sturnia malabarica andamanensis
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
Page No: 
Common name: 
Andaman White Headed Myna
Sturnia erythropygia andamanensis
Vol. 3

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