1830. Dendrophassa pompadora phayrei

(1830) Dendrophassa pompadora phayrei (Blyth).
THE ASHY-HEADED GREEN PIGEON.
Dendrophasa pompadora phayrei. Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. v, p. 186.
The Ashy-headed Green Pigeon is the representative of the preceding bird in Eastern Bengal, South to Calcutta, Assam and practically the whole of Burma os far South as Tenasserim, extending into Cochin China in the East.
Like the other species of this genus, this is entirely a forest bird. Its breeding is quite normal, and the description I gave in ‘Pigeons and Doves’ (p. 29, 1913) covers all that is necessary, while it practically applies to the other races just as well as the present:—“The nest is the usual platform of carelessly interlaced twigs, with no hning and very little depression in the centre, though the pro¬jections of the twigs prevent the eggs rolling about. Roughly speaking the nest is anything from 5 to 8 inches across, but they are often far from circular in shape, being much longer one way than the other. In depth they vary from one to three inches, odd pieces banging about and adding to this. They build their nests in small saplings or in bamboo-clumps as a rule, but now and then one may be taken quite high up in a biggish tree. Both birds take part in. the building, but I think the female does most of the actual work of construction, while the male brings the material to her. A pair I watched building their nest in a clump of bamboo quite close to a rest-house I was staying in were accustomed to work for about two hours only in the morning and again for about the same time in the evening. In spite, however, of the few hours they devoted to work, the nest was completed in three days and the first egg laid on the fourth day. The nests are not generally well concealed and, as they are generally placed at heights more often under rather than over 8 feet, they are easy to find and get at. Occasionally they are placed in cane brakes in swampy valleys and then, of course, are far more difficult of access though still easy enough to find, the bird sitting so close that one cannot help but notice her as she quits. The site of the nest, too, is often given away by the whistling and antics of the cock bird, which is much to perambulating up and down a branch close to it while he Croons and whistles to his little mate.
“This crooning is a sort of low ‘coo-coo,’ very like a Dove’s but lower and deeper, which I have never heard uttered except by the male to his sitting wife. It is quite a sweet sound, though not so beautiful as the whistling note.
“The breeding season commences in the last few days of March or early April and extends through May and June into July and even August, but April and early May are the months during which, most birds lay. In the hills South of the Brahmapootra few birds will be found breeding after May, but in the foot-hiils of the Eastern Himalayas a good many continue to nest until well into July, while in Tavoy, on the other hand, Darling took its eggs on the 19th March.”
Two hundred eggs average 27.5 x 21.8 mm. ; maxima 30.5 x 22.2 and 30.1 x 24.1 mm.; minima 25.9 x 22. and 27.4 x 20.3 mm.
I have never been able to ascertain exactly how long incubation takes, but believe it to be thirteen days, and it may be safely said to be twelve to fourteen days.

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: 
1830. Dendrophassa pompadora phayrei
Spp Author: 
Blyth.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1830
Year: 
1935
Page No: 
128
Common name: 
Ashy Headed Green Pigeon
M_ID: 
5447
M_CN: 
Ashy-headed Green Pigeon
M_SN: 
Treron phayrei
Volume: 
Vol. 4
Term name: 
id: 
14999

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