530. Emberiza stracheyi

530. Subsp. Emberiza stracheyi.
Emberiza stracheyi, Moore, P.Z.S. 1855, p. 215, pl. 112 ; Sharpe, Cat. B. Br. Mus. xii. p. 539 ; Oates, P. Brit. Ind. Birds, ii. p. 257.
Male ad. (Himalayas). Closely resembling E. cia, differing only in having the markings on the head white and not grey, the median and greater wing-coverts tipped with chestnut-brown and not with white, and the under parts are more rufous. Culmen 0.5, wing 3.31, tail 3.1, tarsus 0.75 inch.
Hab. Kashmir ; the Himalayas from the Hazara country and Gilgit to Kumaun ; Baluchistan ; wintering on the plains of India.
This is merely an eastern form of E. cia, not differing from it in general habits. It breeds throughout the Himalayas west of the Ganges at from 4,000 to 9,000 feet elevation from April to August, the majority of eggs being deposited in May and June. The nest is placed on the ground, under or between stones, or at the base of a tuft of grass, or a bush, and is constructed of grass-stems lined with fine bents and hair. The eggs are greenish white scrawled with delicate blackish brown lines, usually collected round the larger end, and average about 0.83 by 0.63.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
530. Emberiza stracheyi
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
530
Year: 
1902
Page No: 
368
M_ID: 
32017
M_SN: 
Emberiza cia stracheyi
Volume: 
Vol. 1
Term name: 
id: 
10948

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