1827. Crocopus phoenieopterus viridifrons

(1827) Crocopus hoenlcopterus viridifrons Blyth;
Crocopus hoenlcopterus viridifrons Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. v, p. 183.
This race of the Green Pigeon is distributed from Manipur and the Bengal districts East and North of the Bay of Bengal, throughout Burma, as far South as Moulmein and East into Siam, where, however, it merges into C. p. annamensis, which replaces it in Eastern Siam.
The type of country, elevation etc. frequented by this bird seems to be exactly similar to the haunts of the preceding bird, but it does not seem to wander up the hills much above 2,000 feet, though Livesey has taken eggs at Loilem, in the Southern Shan States, at about 5,000 feet.
No separate description of nests and eggs is needed, nor could they be distinguished from those of the preceding or of the next bird. As regards site, all that one can say is that both Harington and I have found nests in bamboo-clumps and in cane-brakes as well as in trees and hushes. Oates and Bingham both obtained nests in Burma, the former in Pegu the latter in Tenasserim, and since then many other collectors have taken them in various other parts of Burma.
The most usual breeding months seem to be March and April, hut I have received eggs taken in June from the Chin and Kachin Hills and also from Tenasserim.
Harington, writing of the way this Pigeon refuses to leave its eggs and neat, remarks :—“I have taken only two nests, both at Taungyi during April. The first was placed about 10 feet up a small bushy tree growing on the side of a steep hill, so that one could look into the nest from a very few yards off. The old bird sat very tight, and as she was required for identification I had a shot at her head, knocking it clean off, so that it hit my orderly who was standing below and, for the moment, he thought that I had missed the bird and shot him instead.”
Forty-four eggs average 31.8 x 23.8 mm, : maxima 38.4 x 24.1 mm. and 33.3 x 24.3 mm. ; minima 29.8 x 23.0 mm. and 31.1 x 22.0 mm.

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 4. 1935.
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1827. Crocopus phoenieopterus viridifrons
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Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Burmese Green Pigeon
Treron phoenicopterus viridifrons
Vol. 4

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