(1836) Dendrophasa bicincta praetermissa.
THE SIAM ORANGE-BREASTED GREEN PIGEON.
Treron bicincta pr&termissa Bob. & Kloss, Journ, F.M.S. Mus., x, p. 203 (1921) (Koh Lak, S.W. Siam). Osmotreron bicincta. Blanf. & Oates, iv, p. 11 (part,).
Vernacular names. Gnu (Burm.) ; Daorep-kashiba (Cachari); Inrui-gahergu (Naga) ; Haitha (Assam).
Description. Only differs from D. b. bicincta in being somewhat more yellow and brightly coloured, hardly sufficiently so to enable one to differentiate it as a subspecies. The female, however, has usually more grey on the nape.
Colours of soft parts and Measurements as in the Indian bird.
Nidification. In Assam this Green Pigeon breeds from April to June, many birds earlier and a few even later, doubtless the majority having two broods. They breed in Burma from March to May, occasionally in February. The nest is built on bushes, small and large trees, or bamboo-clumps, generally not more than six to ten feet from the ground, more rarely at considerable heights. The birds prefer evergreen forest for nesting purposes, though they select sites near streams, paths or similar open spaces. At other times they place their nests on trees in the open or in the scrub round about villages. The number of eggs laid is two as usual and 200 average 29.5 x 22.8 mm.: maxima 31.5 x 23.5 mm.; minima 27.3 X 21.6 mm. The birds sit very close, especially the male, who seems to do most of the incubation and who has sometimes to be almost pushed off the nest. Incubation takes 13 or 14 days. They breed in the plains and also in the hills up to at least 4,000 feet and possibly rather higher.
Habits. Those of the species.