901. Abroscopus sehisticeps flavimentalis

(901) Abroscopus schisticeps flavimentalis Stuart Baker.
THE CHIN HILLS BLACK-FACED FLYCATCHER-WARBLER.
Abrornis schisticeps flavimentalis, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. ii, p. 497.
Abroscopus schisticeps flavimentalis, ibid. vol. viii, p. 644.
This race of Flycatcher-Warbler seems to be confined to the hills South of the Brahmapootra, the Chin Hills and Manipur.
In North Cachar it was not a rare bird between 2,000 and 4,000 feet, but it was so quiet and unobtrusive that it appeared to be much more rare than it really was.
It frequented glades and banks of streams in deep forest, especially if these were interspersed with tracts of bamboos. For breeding purposes, I think, it preferred forest and scrub-covered ravines, with patches of bamboo here and there, and thin forest, open country, or actual cultivation round about.
The only nest recorded, one taken by myself, was found in a ravine of this nature. A tiny stream, a few yards across, ran through a gorge, the sides of which were covered with a mixture of bamboo- clumps, scrub-jungle and small trees for a width of some hundred yards or less on either side, beyond which were patches of rice cultivation alternating with deep forest. A bamboo bridge con¬necting a village track over this stream had needed repair, so the villagers, for this purpose, had taken bamboos from the clumps nearest the bridge. About a month after it had been repaired, when I was crossing this bridge, I saw a small bird perched on one of the bamboos within 5 or 6 feet of my face, which I at once recognized to be this Warbler. The bamboo was a piece 3 or 4 feet long, half burnt through in one place and split downwards, and then thrown on one side, where it rested against a clump of live bamboos. In this bamboo the birds had made their nest, passing in and out by the hole burnt through below the node next to their nest. The bamboo was about 2.1/2 to 3 inches in diameter, and for some 6 inches this was filled up with fibres and the little aerial roots of the bamboo, above which rested a lovely little pad of moss and feathers, lined with the softest down and containing four slightly incubated eggs.
These were white, thickly freckled with rather bright reddish-brown, forming caps at the larger end—in fact just like the first- described type of egg of A. s. superciliaris.
They measured from 15.1 x 11.1 to 15.4 x 11.3 mm. and were taken on the 1st of May at about 3,000 feet.

BookTitle: 
The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Reference: 
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 2. 1933.
Title in Book: 
901. Abroscopus sehisticeps flavimentalis
Spp Author: 
Stuart baker.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
901
Year: 
1933
Page No: 
450
Common name: 
Chin Hills Black Faced Flycatcher Warbler
M_ID: 
22739
M_SN: 
Abroscopus schisticeps flavimentalis
Volume: 
Vol. 2
id: 
14013

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