452. Certhia discolor manipurensis

(452) Certhia discolor manipurensis Hume.
Certhia discolor manipurensis, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 437.
This little Creeper, so far as is known at present, is confined to Manipur and the Chin Hills as far East as the Irrawaddy. East of the Irrawaddy it has not yet been recorded. It is a bird of the forests, both open and dense, and is said to be common from 3,000 feet up to at least 7,500 Messrs. Hopwood and Mackenzie obtained several nests of this bird in the Chin Hills, just South of Manipur.
Some notes by Mackenzie on eggs now in my collection run as follows :—
“One nest taken 29.4.14. Nest in a hole in a small tree ; not a deep hole, but a place where a branch had broken off. It was shallow and open to the outside and about 12 feet up the tree, which was beside the pathway between Haingyaw and Tsibet, at about 6,000 feet elevation, and within three feet of the path. Hopwood was going in front when the bird flew out just after he had passed. We shot the female and found three eggs slightly set. The nest was a pad of fibres, moss and a few roots with a feather or two, not very large and hardly hollowed out at all.
“Another nest with four eggs, one unfortunately broken, was taken on the 1st of May 1915, at Haingyaw, at about 5,000 feet. This was brought in by a Chin with the female bird. The nest, said to have been taken from a hole in a small tree about 6' up, was a pad made of fibres and moss, with one or two feathers, identically like that taken last year.”
Previous to this Hopwood had taken a similar nest with four eggs on the 20th April, and Mackenzie remarks :—“ This tree-creeper is fairly common in the North Chin Hills, and the reason why we could not get the nests at first is because it is such an early breeder. I shot several young birds, one almost fully grown on the 12th May.”
The eggs differ from those of both himalayana and familiaris in being much more densely marked with tiny blotches and freckles, whilst the markings themselves are a deeper red-brown. There is no trace of any cap or ring in any of the eggs I have seen.
Eleven eggs, all taken by Hopwood and Mackenzie, average 15.9 x 12.3 mm. : maxima 16.8 x 12.1 mm. ; minima 15.3 x 12.2 and 16.2 x 11.5 mm. Two other eggs taken by Grant measure 16.5 x 12.4 and 15.9 x 13.0 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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452. Certhia discolor manipurensis
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Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Humes Tree Creeper
Hume's Treecreeper
Certhia manipurensis
Vol. 1

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