1560. Sauropatis chloris davisoni

(1560) Sauropatis Chloris davisoni (Sharpe).
THE ANDAMAN WHITE-COLLARED KINGFISHER.
Sauropatis chloris davisoni, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iv, p. 278.
The Andaman representative of this Kingfisher is restricted to the Andamans and Little Cocos Islands.
The only record of the breeding of this Kingfisher I can find is that by Osmaston (Journ, Bomb. Nat. Hist. Soc. vol. vii, p. 169, 1906), who writes :—“Very common everywhere along the coast or up brackish creeks. Feeds largely on grasshoppers as well as fish, Found several nests in April and May. They are usually in holes in banks, only about a foot deep, occasionally also in holes in white-ants’ mounds or in the upturned roots of a tree, and one nest I observed was in a hole in a mango-tree about 15 feet from the ground.
“Three or four eggs are laid, exhibiting very little or no gloss.”
Anderson and Wickham also obtained nests in the Andamans containing four eggs each. In these instances the nests, however, were in ants’ nests high up in dead trees.
The breeding season is from the middle of March to the middle of May, and I have eggs taken from the 15th March (Wickham) to the 11th May (Osmaston).
Thirty eggs average 29.3 x 24.5 mm. : maxima 31.0 x 26.5 mm. ; minima 27.6 x 23.3 and 29.0 x 23.0 mm.

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: 
1560. Sauropatis chloris davisoni
Spp Author: 
Sliarpe
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1560
Year: 
1934
Page No: 
427
Common name: 
Andaman White Collared Kingfisher
M_ID: 
9171
M_SN: 
Todiramphus chloris davisoni
Volume: 
Vol. 3
id: 
14708

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