299. Schoeniparus dubius genestieri

(299) Schoeniparus dubius genestieri Oustalet.
Schoeniparus dubius genestieri, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 285.
This, the Eastern form of Tit-Babbler, is found in the Kachin and Bhamo Hills, Yunnan, Shan States and S.W. China. It seems to be found at all elevations above 5,000 up to 10,000 feet, as Forrest took a fine series at 8,000 and 9,000 feet in Yunnan in the Lichiang-Salwin Divide and two young birds at 9,000-10,000 feet.
The nests and eggs of this Tit-Babbler have been taken by Harington, Hopwood, Mackenzie and Pershouse in the Bhamo Hills between 4,000 (exceptional (Harington)) and 6,000 feet and by J. P. Cook in the Shan States at about 6,000 feet. Cook’s description of the country embraces practically all that has been recorded hitherto. He says :—“ I did not find this bird at Kalaw but some 2,000 feet higher up. The sort of place I found it in was dense scrub, bracken and grass, one or the other, or all, in the more open forests and in the patches between the cultivated plots, consisting chiefly of longish grass, wild raspberry bushes, and a sprinkling of secondary bamboo ; the ridges are rather rocky, the vegetation consisting nearly entirely of oak trees and long grass.”
Major Pershouse found nests at Sinlum Kaba, at about 5,500 feet, containing three or four eggs. He describes the nests as “dome¬shaped, loosely made of bamboo-leaves and grass, built on the ground at the foot of a bank among a tangle of undergrowth. There was a slight depression in the bank in which the nest had been built.”
Harington gives a similar description of the nest but adds that there was often a lining of dead leaves, whilst the loose outer parts were sometimes bound together with “various roots etc.”
The number of eggs laid is three or four, most often the former, and they are in every respect like those described for the preceding bird, though, as a series, they average paler in ground-colour. One set is very similar to a common type of the Red-throated Tit-Babbler, a very pale yellow-stone or yellow-grey ground-colour with clouds of indefinite smears and blotches of pale sepia-grey.
The breeding season extends, so far as we know at present, from the beginning of March to the end of April.
Twenty eggs average 19.9 x15.5 mm. : maxima 21.2 x 15.8 and 21.0 x 16.9 mm. ; minima 18.8 x 14.5 mm.
Major Pershouse says that this little Babbler often feigns injury in order to entice intruders away from the vicinity of its nest.

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 1. 1932.
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299. Schoeniparus dubius genestieri
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Shan States Tit Babbler
Alcippe dubia genestieri
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