102. Suthora ruficeps atrosuperciliaris

(102) Suthora ruficeps atrosuperciliaris Godw.-Aust.
THE BLACK-BROWED SUTHORA.
Suthora ruficeps atrosuperciliaris, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 114.
The Black-browed Suthora is found from the hills South of the Brahmapootra through Northern Burma to Yunnan but, so far, has only been found breeding in North Cachar and the Khasia Hills though it is resident and doubtless does ; breed wherever found.
The first known clutch of eggs was taken by a Naga near Laisung, probably at about 3,000 feet elevation. The three eggs, except that they were pale and bleached, from having been badly blown and kept in the open, were like one taken at a subsequent date by myself in Boro Ninglo in 1893, 7th July. This latter was first found by a Naga, who set nooses on the nest and then came to tell me about it. On visiting the nest I found the female caught in one of the nooses and I then took the bird, nest and the single egg it contained.
Outwardly the nest is composed of fines shreds of grass and whitish grass-bark ; within this are a considerable number of rather broad pieces of bamboo-leaves, the final lining consisting of a few dark-coloured grass-stems, a few shreds of the outer bark of some weed, and a few small scraps of tree-bark. The colour of the outer nest is yellowish-white, that of the inner darker and browner. The general character of the nest is typical of the Parrot- Bills but less neat and compact than those of Paradoxornis. In shape it is a deep cup, measuring outwardly about 3.1 x 2.45 inches, whilst the inner cup is about 1.8 x 1.7 inches.
It was placed in a thick bamboo-clump, in a cluster of twigs growing from a bamboo on the outside of the clump and was rather over 6 feet from the ground. The clump in which it was built was one of some half dozen growing on a steep grass-clad slope of a hill at Guilang at about 4,000 feet elevation.
The single egg is Hedge-Sparrow’s egg blue and measures 19.5 x 15.2 mm.
In 1926, on the 29th April, Nissor Singh, one of my collectors, took a bird, nest and three eggs of this Suthora at Cherrapoonji, which he forwarded to me. Nest and eggs are just replicas of those taken by myself but the nest was attached to coarse reeds growing with Elephant-grass in a swampy piece of land below Cherrapoonji, at an elevation of about 3,000 feet.

BookTitle: 
The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Reference: 
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 1. 1932.
Title in Book: 
102. Suthora ruficeps atrosuperciliaris
Spp Author: 
Laubm.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
102
Year: 
1932
Page No: 
84
Common name: 
Black Browed Suthora
M_ID: 
25337
M_CN: 
Pale-billed Parrotbill
M_SN: 
Chleuasicus atrosuperciliaris
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
13309

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