1090. Hypacanthis spinoides ambiguus

(1090) Hypacanthis spinoides ambiguus (Oust.).
THE YUNNAN GREENFINCH.
Hypacanthis spinoides ambiguus, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iii, p. 161.
So far as is known at present this Greenfinch is only found in the Shan States and in Yunnan and Setchuan. In Yunnan Forrest found it at elevations between 9,000 and 12,000 feet in Pine-forests, but Cook, the only ornithologist who has taken its eggs, obtained the nest at Kalaw at about 3,200 feet.
Cook writes (Journ, Bomb. Nat, Hist, Soc, vol. xxii, p. 267, 1913):—“I found it fairly common among the Pine-trees, especially so close to the house I was occupying.
“I was very fortunate in finding the nest on the day that I first became acquainted with the bird, I had shot one in the morning and, on returning home, close to the house, I was attracted by a similar bird flying from a Pine-sapling, On investigation I found the nest. It was well concealed, being built into the pines that clustered at the head of the sapling, which was about six feet high. The nest was composed of dry pine-needles, mixed with a little moss, roughly bent into a cup-shape and lined sparingly with wool and feathers, the whole loosely put together, and it came almost to bits on my removing it from its site. The eggs, four in number, and quite fresh, were very pale greenish-blue, sparingly spotted with black, chiefly at the larger end, with one or two hair-like streaks.”
The eggs, given to me later by Mr. Cook, were taken on the 7th July, 1912. They measure from 17.9 x 13.3 to 19.0 x 14.0 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: 
1090. Hypacanthis spinoides ambiguus
Spp Author: 
Oust.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1090
Year: 
1934
Page No: 
70
Common name: 
Yunnan Greenfinch
M_ID: 
30844
M_CN: 
Black-headed Greenfinch
M_SN: 
Chloris ambigua
Volume: 
Vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
14186

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