1055. Propasser thura thura

(1055) Propasser thura thura (Bon. & Schl.).
THE NEPAL WHITE-BROWED ROSE-FINCH.
Propasser thura thura, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iii, p. 123.
The distribution of this Finch seems to be restricted to the Simla Hills, Garhwal, Nepal, Sikkim and Western Tibet.
This also is a Rose-Finch which breeds at great elevations. In Sikkim Stevens found it during Summer at about 12,000 feet upwards, while Whymper obtained the nest in Garhwal at 15,000 feet.
Mandelli took a nest and eggs of this species on the 1st August in the Dolaka District of Nepal at 12,000 feet. “It was placed on a thorny bush at a height of about six feet from the ground, and contained three fresh eggs. The nest is an extremely regular and compact cup 4 inches in diameter and 2 inches in height exteriorly ; it is mainly composed of fine grass-stems, but very little of this is seen, as it is completely coated outside with brown moss and very fine Mack moss and fern-roots, and it is warmly lined with white hair, the fur of some animal ; the cavity measured 2 inches in diameter, and a little over 1 in depth.”
Whymper obtained two nests in Garhwal, of which he writes (Journ, Bomb. Nat. Hist. Soc. vol. xx, p. 1159, 1911):—“Two nests of this bird were taken at 13,000 feet at the end of July ; the nests were placed low down in juniper bushes and built solidly of dry grass with an inner lining of hair. The eggs are clear greenish blue, sparingly spotted with black, not with brownish grey as mentioned by Mandelli. The clutch appears to be four.”
A third clutch, which Whymper gave to me, was found at 15,000 feet and also contained four eggs.
Finally, Ward found it breeding at Tar Sar on the 7th August at 12,000 feet, and procured one nest with four eggs. The nest is described as “a rather large saucer of very fine grasses, built in a juniper hush low down.” This may be blythi, but I cannot trace Tar Sar.
The eggs are quite typical of the Rose-Finch group, hut those of this species, thura, are rather deep in tint.
Sixteen eggs average 22.1 x 16.1 mm. : maxima 23.0 x 16.1 and 22.6 x 16.4 mm. ; minima 20.2 x 16.0 and 22.5 x 15.6 mm.

BookTitle: 
The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Reference: 
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 3. 1934.
Title in Book: 
1055. Propasser thura thura
Spp Author: 
Bon.&schl.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1055
Year: 
1934
Page No: 
43
Common name: 
Nepal White Browed Rose Finch
M_ID: 
30724
M_SN: 
Carpodacus thura thura
Volume: 
Vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
14150

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