1470. Surnieulus lugubris dieruroides

(1470) Surniculus lugubris dicruroides (Hodg.).
THE INDIAN DRONGO-CUCKOO.
Surniculus lugubris dicruroides, Fauna B. I,, Birds, 2nd ed, vol. iv, p. 165.
This race of the Drongo-Cuckoo is found in Upper India and Assam, Burma and Siam North of about latitude 10°, Hainan and China.
This Cuckoo breeds throughout its range from April to June, but there is still no certainty about its eggs.
Rattray has seen King-Crows feeding a young Drongo-Cuckoo and has taken an egg from a Drongo's nest which he believes to have been that of this Cuckoo. It is much like that of the Drongos, i. e., a cream ground-colour with blotches and marks of deep red, but it is different in colour to the eggs it was taken with and is different in texture. It measures about 23.5 x 17.5 and, if really an egg of this Cuckoo, is proportionately much the biggest Cuckoo’s egg I have ever seen. An egg taken by Coltart in Assam in the nest of a Forktail is of the same type as that sent me by Kuschel, but is marked with darker brown and grey-brown and is also decidedly bigger, measuring 22.2 x 15.3 mm. I think this is probably correctly identified, as there was no other Cuckoo about except the suspected parent.
Nehrkorn describes the egg as being just like those of Cacomantis and as being deposited in the nest of Suya crinifera. There is probably some mistake in regard to this last statement.

BookTitle: 
The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Reference: 
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 3. 1934.
Title in Book: 
1470. Surnieulus lugubris dieruroides
Spp Author: 
Hodg.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1470
Year: 
1934
Page No: 
354
Common name: 
Indian Drongo Cuckoo
M_ID: 
6208
M_CN: 
Fork-tailed Drongo-Cuckoo
M_SN: 
Surniculus dicruroides
Volume: 
Vol. 3
id: 
14591

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