Upupa ceylonensis

Upupa ceylonensis, Reich.

255. :- Upupa nigripennis, Gould. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 392; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Fathers, Vol. III, p. 462 ; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 391.


Length, 10.5 ; expanse, 18 ; wing, 5 to 5.5 ; tail, 4 ; tarsus, 0.87; bill at front, 1.8.

Bill blackish, paler at base ; irides brown ; legs dusky-plumbeous.

Very similar to the last, but smaller, and distinguished by the generally-darker hue of the rufous of the head and crest, and there is no white on the crest, the white wing-bands being also smaller and less conspicuous; the hind-neck and interscapulars are deeper rufous, inclining to brown and less to ashy ; the rump is dusky-black, with a downy-white ending to the feathers; the chin is rufous, and this color extends along the abdomen to the vent with only a few dusky streaks on the lower abdomen; vent and under tail-coverts white.

With the. exception of Sind, the Indian Hoopoe is a not uncommon permanent resident throughout the district.

They nest from February to May, in holes in trees, banks, or walls under the rafters of houses, and such like places ; the eggs are five or six in number, and are of a pale greyish-blue color, sometimes olive-brown or dingy olive-green and intermediate shades; In shape, they are lengthened ovals, occasionally pointed at both lends. They measure 0.97 inches in length by 0.66 in breadth.

Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
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Upupa ceylonensis
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Barnes, H. Edwin
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Indian Hoopoe
Upupa epops ceylonensis
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