25. Cissa ornata Wagler

(25) Cissa ornata Wagler.
Cissa ornata, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 46.
This Magpie is restricted to Ceylon, where it may be found in dense evergreen jungle from the foothills up to 7,000 feet, breeding, according to Legge, wherever found, but perhaps not at the highest elevations. The only record of its breeding is that of Legge, who writes :—
“This bird breeds during the cool season. I found its nest in the Kandopolla jungles in January ; it was situated in a fork of the top branch of a tall sapling, about 45 feet in height, and was a tolerably bulky structure, externally made of small sticks, in the centre of which, was a, deep cup five inches in diameter by 2.1/2 in depth, made entirely of fine roots ; there was but one egg in the nest which, unfortunately, got broken on being lowered to the ground. ... It measured 0.98 in diameter by about 1.3 in length.”
In 1911 J. E. Jenkins took four nests for me with eggs, all near Kandy and all, according to him, in “dense forest.” In his letter sent with the nest and eggs he describes the former as “stick nests, with linings of roots and measuring 6" in diameter and 2" deep internally and about 2" bigger each way externally ; cup-shaped and strongly built. They ware all placed in small trees between 15 and 20 feet from the ground and all were in small branches and very difficult to get, at and bring down in spite of being so near the ground. All were taken at an elevation of about 2,000 feet.”
These eggs were all taken in February and March.
I also obtained two clutches, one of 5 and one of 3 eggs, from Lazarus, a small dealer in Natural History objects in Slave Island. The eggs, he said, had been brought in with the birds from the foothills near Colombo along the railway line on the 3rd and 4th March.
The eggs cannot be distinguished in any way from those of Cissa chinensis. Twenty-four average 30.5 x 22.1 mm. : maxima .32.0 x 22.9 and 29.9 x 23.1 mm. ; minima 28.0 x 21.0 mm.

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 1. 1932.
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25. Cissa ornata Wagler
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Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Ceylon Magpie
Sri Lanka Blue Magpie
Urocissa ornata
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