1196. Anthus richardi malayensis

(1196) Anthus richardi malayensis Eyton.
Anthus richardi malayensis, Fauna. B, I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iii, p. 292.
Within our limits this Pipit breeds only in Tenasserim, but it is very common in Siam from Bangkok Southwards, extending through the Malay Peninsula to Lombok and Timor.
There are no accounts of this bird breeding within our limits, though it must do so, Herbert and Williamson found it breeding commonly in Southern Siam, and give the following account of its nidification:—
“The nest is situated in the middle of a paddy-field, or in any case well away from the banks which divide the fields. It is built, in a cup-shaped hollow in the ground, and is generally under the cover of a root of growing grass, which gives it a fair amount of protection. The nest is made during the hot weather, so quite a lot of scratching and pecking is necessary to excavate the hole in the hard earth. Dry grass is the material mostly used for the construction, though roots and buffalo-hairs are occasionally employed for the lining. There is considerable variation in the extent of the nest, as it is sometimes quite thick, with a covering in the form of a partially domed top, though more often it is a scanty affair, and I have even found the eggs in a deep cup-shaped hollow with only a few odd pieces of grass on the sides. I have no notes to show when the nesting season commences, hut nesting is in full swing early in May, It really finishes by the end of June, though a few odd nests may be found in July, and I have had a clutch of eggs as late as the 26th July.”
To this I may add that Williamson took a nest with three eggs on the 16th April.
The eggs, of which I have a magnificent series from Williamson and Herbert, cannot possibly be differentiated from those of our Indian bird, while the full clutch consists of three or four eggs, generally three.
One hundred eggs average 20.1 x 15.3 mm, : maxima 21.9 x 16.0 and 19.6 x 16.1 mm. ; minima 18.4 x 15.0 and 20.0 x 14.5 mm.
Eggs of the Philippine bird from the Wolfe collection are very pale, with well-defined rings at the larger end, and are also much bigger, twelve eggs averaging 21.2 x 16.3 mm. ; while they run up to 22.3 mm. in length and 17.0 mm. in breadth,

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 3. 1934.
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1196. Anthus richardi malayensis
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Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Malay Pipit
Richard's Pipit
Anthus richardi
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