Dendrocitta cinerascens Sharpe, 1879 sec. Droege, G., Corvids of the World

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Dendrocitta cinerascens Sharpe, 1879 sec. Droege, G., Corvids of the World

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Common Name

English: Bornean Tree PieA, Malaysian Tree PieB; Malay (Sarawak): MantihakC

Distribution

Asia-Tropical Malesia (BorneonativeD)

Description

Iris light hazel; bill and feet blackC

Habitat

Sarawak, Borneo: Fairly common on Kina Balu from about 1000 feet up to quite 9000 feet. It frequents the thick jungle-growth which springs up after the ricecrops, and in four or five years reaches a height of from 12 tp 20 feet. It is also met with at 9000 feet among the big trees in the thick forest, but it is not so common.C

Nest

Builds nest in the fine low jungle, constructing a shallow nest of fine twigs.C

Egg

The ground colour is greenish white, dotted all over with brown markings, which increase in size towards the larger end, where there is a blotch of brown, forming a nearly complete ring.C

Behaviour

Sometimes four or five may be seen together.E

Voice

It has a loud bell-like note, also a cackling cry like that of our Common Magpie (Pica pica).C

Bibliography

A. Goodwin, D., Crows of the world. 1976: 213 [3]
B. Goodwin, D., Crows of the world. 1976: 214 [3]
C. Whitehead, J., Exploration of Mount Kina Balu, North Borneo. 1893: 112 (reprint from 2012) [34]
D. The Howard and Moore complete checklist of the birds of the world. 3rd Edition. 2003
E. Whitehead, J., Exploration of Mount Kina Balu, North Borneo. 1893: 112 (reprint from 2012)