984. Sturnia malabarica andamanensis

(984) Sturnia malabarica andamanensis Tytler.
THE ANDAMAN WHITE-HEADED MYNA.
Sturnia malabarica andamanensis, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iii, p. 41.
This race is confined to the Andamans.
Nests, eggs and young have been found by Osmaston, Anderson and Wickham in the Andamans round Port Blair, but the only note I can find is by the first-named. He writes (Journ. Bomb. Nat. Hist. Soc. vol. xvii, p. 158, 1906) “Very common both in forest and in the open. Gregarious. They breed towards the end of April and in May. The nest is placed in a hole in a tree at any height from 6 to 30 feet or more. The nest is composed of small pliant twigs with an occasional stiff feather, and is lined with small green leaves. The eggs, four in number, are of a uniform blue, about the same shade as, or slightly darker than, those of Acridotheres tristis.”
I have eggs in my series taken by the above three collectors dated from the 27th March (Wickham) to the 31st May (Osmaston). Four seems to be the almost invariable number laid.
In appearance they are exactly like the eggs of the other races of this species.
Forty eggs average 25.8 x 18.9 mm. ; maxima 28.3 x 19.2 and 26.1 x 20.3 mm. ; minima 24.0 x 18.0 and 25.1 x 17.9 mm.
Both birds take part in preparing the nest and incubating the eggs, a character common to all the subspecies of malabarica.

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: 
984. Sturnia malabarica andamanensis
Spp Author: 
Tyler.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
984
Year: 
1933
Page No: 
519
Common name: 
Andaman White Headed Myna
M_ID: 
26827
M_SN: 
Sturnia erythropygia andamanensis
Volume: 
Vol. 2
id: 
14076

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