1835. Dendrophassa bicincta leggei

(1835) Dendrophassa bioincta leggei (Hartert).
THE CEYLON ORANGE-BREASTED GREEN PIGEON.
Dendrophasa bioincta leggei, Fauna I., Birds, 2nd ed, vol. v. p. 192.
So far as is at present determined this small form of Orange¬breasted Green Pigeon is confined to Ceylon, but Stewart obtained this species breeding in South Travancore, and almost certainly the birds there are of this race. More skins are required thence to decide this point.
This Pigeon is, like its nearest relations, a bird of the forest and thickly wooded country. Nests and eggs etc. differ in no way from those of the Burmese bird, but the Ceylon form seems to like to build its nest in rather large trees, though not at heights much above 20 feet from the ground. Legge also says, that he found a nest lined with roots, but this was surely abnormal.
The breeding season seems to be very long and very irregular, or most likely the birds breed twice or even more often in the year. Wait thinks the real breeding months are April and May, but he took eggs also in August, as did Legge, and in March at Pattalam. Jenkins obtained eggs in January ; I bought skins, nest and eggs from Lazarus, a dealer in Slave Island, taken in February, and in this latter month Phillips found a nest with two eggs at Anasigalla.
Twelve eggs average 27.7 x 21.3 mm. : maxima 28.9 x 20.4 and 27.8 x 22.0 mm. ; minima 27.8 x 20.4 mm.

BookTitle: 
The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Reference: 
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 4. 1935.
Title in Book: 
1835. Dendrophassa bicincta leggei
Spp Author: 
Hartert.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1835
Year: 
1935
Page No: 
131
Common name: 
Ceylon Orange Breasted Green Pigeon
M_ID: 
5441
M_SN: 
Treron bicinctus leggei
Volume: 
Vol. 4
Term name: 
id: 
15005

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