448. Certhia familiaris nipalensis

(448) Certhia familiaris nipalensis Blyth.
Certhia familiaris nipalensis, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 433.
This race of Himalayan Tree-Creeper is found in the Himalayas from Nepal and Sikkim to the Mishmi and Abor Hills in Eastern Assam. Stevens says that it is a sedentary bird, generally dis¬tributed from 8,000 to 12,000 feet, and recorded up to 13,000 feet.
There is, apparently, no record of this bird’s nesting but my own, recorded in ‘ The Ibis,’ January 1895, p. 321. The skin of the bird of the nest described is, unfortunately, not now in existence, but I confess that I should much like to have it for comparison now that we know so much more about Tree-Creepers. It is just possible that it might have been a Certhia discolor.
My note, for what it is worth, is here given :—“ I have seen but one nest of this bird, which was taken on the 16th [misprint for 11th] May, 1890, from a large tree growing on a peak towards the East of the Cachar Hills. The elevation was close on 6,000 feet. The bark of this tree was in a very ragged state, large pieces projecting here and there over its whole surface in a semi-detached manner. Inside one of the larger of these fragments of bark, which only adhered to the tree by its basal quarter, a pair of Tree-Creepers had made their nest, a small shapeless mass of moss and moss- roots, with a snug little cup of some 2" in diameter. It was placed at the very bottom of the hollow, and no other material than the moss and moss-roots had been used.
“The eggs, of which there were three, are white boldly, but not very thickly, spotted with light reddish, the spots being most numerous towards the larger end, at the extremity of which they form a fairly distinct ring. The texture is fine and close but gloss- less, and the shell is strong in proportion to the size of the egg.”
The three eggs measure 17.8 x13.0, 17.9 x 13.2 and 17.5 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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448. Certhia familiaris nipalensis
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Nepal Tree Creeper
Rusty-flanked Treecreeper
Certhia nipalensis
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