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Breeding Season: March to April.
Breeding Age: Second year.
Clutch Size: 2 to 4
Incubation Period:: 28 days.
Description - Male:
Description - Female:
Status in Captivity: Uncommon.
Misc Notes: The following information was provided by Ted Norris, February 06, 1999.
Breeds from early March; male occupying a forest territory first and calling at dawn on tree branches. As a strong territory defender, threatens invaders if any. Builds a nest of leaves, cogongrass, mosses and feathers at recesses between tall tree trunks and branches of xylosma, maple, eyer ever-green chinkapin and armand pine; or by scraping a shallow depression on the ground with claws by roads or at rocks. Eggs: 2-4, often 3, 6-12 in Guangxi; oval; clay rufous with red brown and grey purple speckles; laid in April; incubated by female for 28 days. Gathers in flocks of 2-3 families headed by female, joined by some males at end of autumn or in winter until next February. Chicks mature sexually in third year. Food: oak, farges evergreen-chinkapin, fern, mountain cherry, raspberry, bitter evergreen chinkapin, azalea, Chinese supplejack, Siberian solomonseal, fragrant solomonseal, wild grape, common ophiorrhiza, Chinese bayberry, oldhani Daphniphyllum, earth worm, termite pupa and caterpillar. Voice: calling, "ga"; displaying, "weia, weia,weia"; occupying territory and threatening, "ga-ra-, ga-ra-", followed by "ga-ga-ga".
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