669. Anthipes monileger monileger

(669) Anthipes monileger monileger (Hodgs.).
Anthipes monileger monileger, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. ii, p. 244.
This little Flycatcher has been recorded from Sikkim, East to the hills of Northern Assam, between elevations of 3,000 and 7,000 feet during the Summer, whilst Stevens has more recently recorded it from Nepal (Journ. Bomb. Nat. Hist. Soc. vol. xxx, p. 63, 1924).
The only record of this bird’s nidification is in Hume’s ‘Nests and Eggs,’ p. 13, where he describes nests sent to him by Mandelli from Sikkim. He writes :—“One was found at Lebong at an elevation of about 5,800 feet on the 13th May, when it contained four fresh eggs. The nest was placed in a depression of the ground in the midst of grass and low jungle. The other was found in June near the same place, on the ground also amongst the grass on a bank. The one nest is a very shallow saucer composed of very fine moss closely felted together, and with a few dry grasses and dead leaves incorporated at the base, also one or two feathers. It is about 3.5 inches in diameter, with a small central depression, and a little excessively fine grass is intermingled with the moss on the whole upper surface. The other is very similar but slightly larger, and has the whole base and sides completely coated externally with dead semi-skeleton leaves.”
Hume describes the eggs as “moderately broad ovals, somewhat pointed at the small end, with a very fine compact and glossy shell. The ground-colour is nearly pure white, there is a conspicuous freckled streaky brownish-red zone about the large end, and spots, specks, and tiny streaks of the same colour sparsely scattered about the rest of the surface of the egg. A few purple spots are intermingled with the red markings of the zone.
“The eggs measure 0.72 by 0.53 (18.2 x 12.9 mm.) and 0.75 by 0.55 (19.0 x 13.4 mm.).”
Like Hume, “I am scarcely inclined to believe in the authenticity of these eggs.” It is, however, possible that the eggs were those of the Flycatcher, but were brought to Mandelli in the nests of some other birds. The eggs agree well with those of Anthipes m. leucops, of which I have seen a fair number in their nests in situ, but the nests themselves are certainly not what one would have expected.

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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Hodgsons White Gorgeted Flycatcher
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