1486. Taccocua leschenaulti leschenaulti

(1486) Taecocua leschenaulti leschenaulti Lesson.
Taecocua leschenaulti leschenaulti, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed, vol. iv, p. 185.
Roughly speaking this Cuckoo may be said to be found South of a line drawn from the Gulf of Cambay to the mouths of the Mahanadi, It also occurs in the South and South-East of Ceylon at the foot of the hills.
All forms of Sirkeer Cuckoos are birds of dense cover. They are found in forest, but prefer thick scrub-jungle, secondary growth, mixed scrub- and Bamboo-jungle, more especially such of these as have a lot of grass tangled in with the other undergrowth.
The nests are like those of the Malkohas and not like those of the Crow-Pheasants, as described by Miss Cockburn in Hume’s ‘ Nests and Eggs.’ Like those of the Malkohas it is a large rough platform or shallow saucer made of twigs, often with dead leaves attached to them, while the lining is of green leaves. Sometimes roots, gross and other oddments are mixed with the twigs in the body of the nest. The nests measure anything from 8 to 12 inches across, while the depression for the eggs, never very noticeable, varies from 1/2 to 1.1/2 inch in depth and about 4 to 6 inches in diameter. The materials are very roughly and untidily put together but are sufficiently well intertwined to stand careful handling.
They may be placed in any kind of bush or small tree at heights between 3 and 20 feet from the ground, but more often under than over 6 feet. Sometimes they are well concealed in dense foliage, sometimes most conspicuously placed in a bare fork of some small sapling.
The breeding season varies considerably. Vidal found a single fresh egg in the Konkan on the 8th April and Miss Cockburn says it breeds in the Nilgiris in March, In Travancore Bourdillon obtained eggs in March and May ; in Kanara Davidson took two eggs in June ; in Trimulgherry Sparrow three eggs in July ; while, finally, Barnes found it breeding in Saugur, Central Provinces, in September.
The full clutch is normally two, though Sparrow obtained a three and other collectors have taken single eggs hard-set.
Twenty eggs average 33.0 x 26.1 mm. : maxima 35.2 x 28.4 mm. minima 33.0 x 27.2 and 33.1 x 24.9 min.
Both sexes incubate. Brooks, writing of one of the other races, says : “At the time the eggs were taken, the female was sitting close to the nest and the male (sitting) so closely that the man had to climb up before it would leave.”

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 3. 1934.
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1486. Taccocua leschenaulti leschenaulti
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Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Sourn Sirkeer
Taccocua leschenaultii leschenaultii
Vol. 3

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