899. Abroscopus schisticeps schisticeps

(899) Abroscopus schisticeps schisticeps (Hodgs.).
Abrornis schisticeps schisticeps, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. ii, p. 496.
Abroscopus schisticeps schisticeps, ibid. vol. viii, p. 644.
This little Warbler occurs in the Outer Himalayas from Nepal and Sikkim to the hills of Eastern Assam, North of the Brahma¬pootra. Stevens obtained it only between 5,000 and 5,800 feet in Sikkim, while Gammie took the only nest, so far obtained, of this bird at 5,500 feet.
It is a forest bird and, probably, will be later on found to breed in mixed jungle of tree-forest and bamboos.
Gammie describes the nest taken by him as follows :—
“The only nest I ever found of this Warbler was in a natural hole in a small tree in an open part of a large forest, at 5,500 feet above the sea. In a cleft, five feet from the ground, where a limb had been lopped off, there was a small hole, barely large enough at entrance to admit the bird, but gradually widening out for the 7 or 8 inches of its depth. In the bottom of this cavity was a loose lining of bamboo-leaves, on which lay five eggs. They were well set, so five is probably the full complement. They were taken on the 29th May.”
Hume describes the eggs as being just like the first-described type of egg of the preceding species. He says :—“The ground is a dull pinkish-white, and they are profusely mottled and streaked with red, which in some eggs is brownish, in some purplish. The markings are densest at the large end, where they have a tendency to form an irregular zone, which in some specimens is very con¬spicuous.”
These eggs, which are in the British Museum, measure about 14.3 x 10.5 mm.

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 2. 1933.
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899. Abroscopus schisticeps schisticeps
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Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Nepal Black Faced Flycatcher Warbler
Abroscopus schisticeps schisticeps
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