292. Aleippe poioicephala haringtoniae

(292) Alcippe poioicephala haringtoniae Hartert.
Alcippe poioicephala harinytonioe, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 280.
This form of Quaker-Babbler is restricted to the North-East of Burma from the North Kachin Hills to the Bhamo Hills and Northern Shan States.
Harington, who discovered this bird, merely remarks that it is found in “thick undergrowth of heavy forest.”
Mr. F. Grant writes me :—“As did Harington, I only found this bird in the Bhamo Terai, at elevations between 400 and 600 feet, breeding in fairly well wooded country and in thick scrub jungle in old clearings. All the nests I took, eight in all, were placed well within reach of the hand and, so far as shape, construction etc., were just like those of ‘fratercula.’
“Of the eight nests taken, seven contained three eggs each and one only two. The earliest was taken on the 27th March and the latest on the 2nd June ; all of these were fresh except one clutch of three taken on the 28th March, which were well incubated.”
Like all Alcippe eggs, those of this bird are very beautiful, and this particular subspecies seem to lay exceptionally varied types. Harington and Grant both say that the eggs in most cases are of the typical poioicephala salmon ground type, but in my small series there are the following unusual clutches :—Pale salmon-yellow, sparsely dotted dark brick-red ; two pairs, probably laid by the same bird, white ground with dense rings or caps of mottled purple brown and with secondary blotches of lavender ; another clutch of salmon-pink is faintly mottled with lavender-pink and a few dots of brick-red ; yet another clutch of three has a rose-pink ground with deep purple-brown blotches and paler smears.
Twenty-two eggs average 18.7 x 14.9 mm. : maxima 20.3 x 15.0 and 19.1 x 15.3 mm. ; minima 17.5 x 14.5 and 17.9 x 14.0 mm.

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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292. Aleippe poioicephala haringtoniae
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Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Uppee Burma Qkaker Babbler
Alcippe poioicephala haringtoniae
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