Nucifraga multipunctata Gould, 1849 sec. Droege, G., Corvids of the World

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Nucifraga multipunctata Gould, 1849 sec. Droege, G., Corvids of the World

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Common Name

English: Larger Spotted NutcrackerA

Distribution

Asia-Temperate Western Asia (Afghanistan (AfghanistannativeB,1)), Asia-Tropical Indian Subcontinent (Pakistan (PakistannativeB,2), West Himalaya (Himachal PradeshnativeB, Jammu-KashmirnativeB,C,3))
1. E Afghanistan, 2. W and N Pakistan, 3. Jerdon (1863): only found on the hills of the North-western Himalayas, and Cashmere.

Description

General colour chocolate-brown; wings and tail glossy black, the whole body, except the head, including the wing-coverts, with long and large blotches of white; primaries with a minute white speck at their tip; secondaries and tertials largely spottet at the tip; tail broadly tipped white; except the two central tail feathers; under tail-coverts pure white. Bill horny brown; legs black.

Length nearly 15 minces, wings 8,25; tail 6,5; tarsus 1,5; bill at front 1,75; height 0,5. Bill much more slender than in N. c. hemispila, wings reach to within 2 inches of the end of the tail, which is much rounded.C

Bibliography

A. Jerdon, T.C., The Birds of India : being a natural history of all the birds known to inhabit continental India, with descriptions of the species, genera, families, tribes, and orders, and a brief notice of such families as are not found in India, making it a manual of ornithology specially adapted for India. v. 2, pt. 1. 1863: 304 [1228]
B. The Howard and Moore complete checklist of the birds of the world. 3rd Edition. 2003
C. Jerdon, T.C., The Birds of India : being a natural history of all the birds known to inhabit continental India, with descriptions of the species, genera, families, tribes, and orders, and a brief notice of such families as are not found in India, making it a manual of ornithology specially adapted for India. v. 2, pt. 1. 1863: 304-305 [1228]