1828. Croeopus phoenieopterus chlorogaster

(1828) Crocopus phoenicopterus chlorogaster (Blyth).
THE SOUTHERN GREEN PIGEON.
Crocopus phoenicopterus chlorogaster, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. v, p. 184.
The Southern Green Pigeon is found in Ceylon and over the whole of Southern India South of the range of the Northern bird, into which it gradually merges. West it occurs in Rajputana and North into the Central Punjab, while on the East it is found in Orissa and South Bihar. In the South of the United Provinces this is, perhaps, the most common race, but many birds here are intermediate, and practically typical specimens of each race are found far inside the areas occupied by the other.
Hume says that this Green Pigeon breeds from March to June, and adds : “It certainly has two broods, perhaps more.”
The only note in regard to its breeding which infers that it is in any way different to that of the two other races is Blewitt’s. He writes:—“The nests were placed on toon, shishum, neem and keekur trees, mostly growing on the canal bank, at heights of from 14 to 18 feet from the ground.
“They are composed of shishum, Zisyphus, and broken twigs, in some cases slenderly, and in other cases somewhat densely, put together.
“One or two were absolutely without lining, but they were mostly very scantily lined with leaves, feathers or fine straw. They varied from 5 to 7 inches in diameter and from to 3 inches in depth” (the italics are mine.—e. c. s. b.).
I can find no other record of a lining to a neat, but I have occasion¬ally seen a feather in the nest of the Bengal bird, not a soft feather used for lining hut a large stiff one used as a twig.
March and April are the favourite breeding months, but Stewart took eggs in Travancore in January, while Osmaston took others in Bareilly on the 19th May and Betham took eggs up to the end of that month in Ferozepore.
Forty eggs average 31.8 x 24.6 mm. : maxima 37.0 x 24.2 and 34.1 x 25.3 mm. ; minima 30.0 x 22.6 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: 
1828. Croeopus phoenieopterus chlorogaster
Spp Author: 
Blyth.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1828
Year: 
1935
Page No: 
126
Common name: 
Sourn Green Pigeon
M_ID: 
5481
M_SN: 
Treron phoenicopterus chlorigaster
Volume: 
Vol. 4
id: 
14996

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