987. Sturnia malabarica nemoricola

(987) Sturnia malabarica nemoricola Jerdon.
Sturnia malabarica nemoricola, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iii, p. 42.
This race of the Grey-headed Myna is found in the Kachin and Bhamo Hills, Shan States and through Central Burma and Siam about as far South as Muleyit in Tenasserim.
The breeding habits of this little Myna are quite typical of the species and it nests in both open country and in thin miscellaneous forest, in the plains and up to about 3,500 feet in the hills.
Oates records of this Myna, under the name of S. malabarica, that it “lays in Pegu in holes of trees at all heights from the ground above 20 feet. It selects a hole which is difficult of access, and I have only been able to take one nest. This was on the 13th May. The nest, a small pad of grass and leaves, contained three eggs which were slightly incubated.”
Bingham took a single egg in Tenasserim on the 18th April from a nest made of grass and roots in a hole in a Zimbun-tree (Dillenia pentagyna).
Since then Macdonald Harington and Osmaston have taken a fair number of nests in Myingyan and the Bhamo Hills, containing from three to six eggs, in holes in trees standing both in thin forest and in cultivated country. Osmaston took one nest from a hole in a small tree at about 5 feet from the ground, but the others were all at greater heights. The nests are the usual pads of grass, straw, leaves and other materials and, like the other races, they often make use of green leaves as a sort of lining.
The breeding season, so far as is known at present, is April and May.
The eggs, three to six in number, cannot be distinguished from those of other races. Fourteen average 25.6 x 19.0 mm. : maxima 28.0 x 20.0 mm. ; minima 24.0 x 18.0 and 24.3 x 17.4 mm.

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 2. 1933.
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White Winged Myna
Sturnia malabarica nemoricola
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