1064. Propasser edwardsii saturatus

(1064) Propasser edwardsii saturatus Blanford.
Propasser edwardsii saturatus, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iii, p. 131.
The range of this bird is from Nepal to Eastern Assam and Tibet.
In 1915 Macdonald sent me two skins of this Rose-Finch with nests and eggs taken in July of that year, but the latter arrived in fragments. In 1916 he sent me two more clutches of four eggs but no skins, and the following letter :—“The two clutches of big blue eggs, not quite so big as the very large ones I also send you, are of the same sort of bird of which last year I sent you skins and which you told me arrived all broken. They were taken by the chowkidar of the rest house, who took the others, who brought them in to me immediately he got them together with the birds, but as my son was not with, me I could not have them skinned and they went bad. You can, I think, identify them from last year’s skins. The nests wore just like those of the little Rose-Finch (davidianus) which is so common here, but of course they were larger and wider. They were lined with antelope hair but I cannot say what kind. The elevation was about 14,000 fect.” A third clutch of five was taken on the 27th July, 1917, and sent to me. This was said to have been taken at 15,000 feet and the nest to have been lined with musk-deer hair and, “like the others,” built “low down in bushes, ? wild rose.”
The eggs are like those of Propasser rodopeplus but easily separable from them by their pale colour. In addition to the sparse primary spots of black there are a few secondary ones of deep grey. Thirteen eggs average 23.1 x 10.8 mm. : maxima 24.3 x 15.9 and 22.0 x 17.9 mm. ; minima 22.0 x 16.7 and 24.3 x 15.9 mm.

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 3. 1934.
Title in Book: 
1064. Propasser edwardsii saturatus
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Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Common name: 
Nepal Large Rose Finch
Dark-rumped Rosefinch
Carpodacus edwardsii
Vol. 3

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