[Read before the Wellington Philosophical Society, 27th September, 1879.]
The nature of the nesting habits of the Glaucopis cinerea (Orange-wattled Crow) have been as yet entirely unknown, and the author, having chanced to find, towards the end of February last, two nests of this species near the Ko-i-te-rangi hill, on the Hokitika river, forwards the following description of them.
The nests, which were 15 inches externally, were somewhat loosely constructed of twigs and roots, and had well-formed cup-shaped interiors, lined with pine roots and twigs; they were built in the branches of the Coprosma, or “black” scrub, which grows upon the low river-flats of Westland, near the mountain ranges. The average height of the scrub in this instance was about 15 feet, while the nests were about 9 feet above the ground, and 200 feet distant from each other; one contained an egg, the other, two nearly fledged birds. The egg has been presented to the Colonial Museum. The two young birds were kept for some weeks in a cage for the
purpose of studying their habits; their wattles were of a light-rose tint, changing into a violet colour towards the base, but after death, when their skins were dried, the wattles assumed a dull orange tint. The parent birds had wattles of the usual rich crimson-lake colour, the base being tinted with violet as in the young birds.
The egg has almost similarly rounded extremities. Length 1·7 inch, breadth 1·1 inch; the under tint of the egg is brownish, mottled with grey and dark brown blotches which are larger and darker at the larger ends.