237. Chrysomma altirostris altirostris

(237) Chrysomma altirostris altirostris Jerdon.
THE BURMESE YELLOW-BILLED YELLOW-EYED BABBLER.
Pyctorhis altirostris altirostris, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 235.
Chrysomma altirostris altirostris, ibid, vol. viii, p. 602.
This Yellow-eyed Babbler is found throughout the plains of Lower Burma, where it haunts the “immensely high thick grass.”
Nothing is known of its nidification, but I had a nest and five eggs sent me from the plains, at the foot of the Maymyio Hills, which were said to be of this species and which are probably correct. The nest is a very deep cup of fine shreds of grass-blade, beautifully matted and bound together with spiders’ webs and lined very neatly with fine fibrous material. It measures about 4 inches wide by about 4.1/2 deep externally and was built on an ekra or elephant-grass stem at the junction where the leaves shoot out. The materials on one side were wound round the stem. It was placed about four feet from the ground in a sea of elephant-grass about ten feet high and, when the bird was shot, it fell into the mud and tangle and was never found.
The five eggs, which are undoubtedly Chrysomma of some species, are pale salmon very handsomely and boldly blotched with deep red-brown, while there are also a few lines of the same colour. The underlying marks, of dark grey, are unusually conspicuous.
In shape the eggs are very broad ovals, almost spheroidal, having a, very close, fine texture and a distinct gloss.
They are small for true sinensis, measuring 16.4 to 16.9 and (one) 18.0 mm. in length and 13.8 to 14.5 mm. in breadth. Partridge, my collector, who shot the bird, says that he particularly noticed “it had not a black bill like the Assam birds.”

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: 
237. Chrysomma altirostris altirostris
Spp Author: 
Jerdon.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
237
Year: 
1932
Page No: 
199
Common name: 
Burmese Yellow Billed Yellow Eyed Babbler
M_ID: 
25263
M_SN: 
Chrysomma altirostre altirostre
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
13441

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