304(a). Fulvetta vinipecta kangrae

(304 a) Fulvetta vinipecta kangrae Ticehurst.
THE SIMLA WHITE-BROWED FULVETTA.
Fulvetta vinipecta kangroe, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. viii, p. 606.
Ticehurst gives the distribution of his new race as “N.W. Himalayas (Dharamsala, Palampur, Patampur).” Col. H. T. Tytler also obtained it breeding on Talpani, a hill of about 9,000 feet, in Kuman. The country is described as open grass-covered hill-tops, with scrub- and bamboo-jungle in places. The Fulvetta was breeding in the scrub, the nest being in a bush about 2 feet from the ground.
A nest of this bird, with a skin and one egg, was sent to Hume by Capt. Blair from the higher wooded hills between Simla and Kotegarh. Hume describes the nest as follows :—
“The latter was a rather compact, massive cup, composed of moderately fine blades of grass, measuring externally about 4 inches in diameter and standing about inches high. The egg-cavity, about 2 inches in diameter and rather more than half an inch deep, was lined with fine blackish-brown grass-roots.” Although the egg is undoubtedly a Fulvetta egg and quite normal, either the nest must be an abnormal one or there was some mistake made. Col. Tytler’s nest, which he took at Talpani, is described by him as a “small very deep cup of moss lined thickly with fine hair.” This is what we should have expected the nest to be.
The two eggs in this latter nest are quite typical Fulvettas’ and indistinguishable from many of those of the preceding bird. The ground-colour is a very beautiful soft blue-grey, the larger end having a very indefinite ring of large dark brown blotches mixed with a few of inky-brown. On the rest of the egg there are one or two similar but smaller marks. There is no gloss and the eggs are squat ovals in shape.
Blair’s egg measures 18.5 x 14.0 mm. ; Tytler’s two eggs 16.8 x 13.0 and 17.0 x 13.1 mm.
The two latter eggs were taken on the 13th May in dense under¬growth of tall tree-forest.

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: 
304(a). Fulvetta vinipecta kangrae
Spp Author: 
Ticehurst.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
304
Year: 
1932
Page No: 
267
Common name: 
Simla White-browed Fulvetta
M_ID: 
25232
M_SN: 
Fulvetta vinipectus kangrae
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
13506

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