318. Leioptila annectans saturata

(318) Leioptila annectans saturata Walden.
Leioptila annectens saturata, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 302.
Walden’s Sibia is found in the hills of Eastern Burma, the Kachin Hills, Bhamo Hills, Shan States and Karenni between 3,500 and 6,000 feet in evergreen forest.
The only person who has ever taken its nest and eggs is Mr. T. R. Livesey, and I give his account of them in full:—
“Thirty miles or so to the North of Lashio in the Northern Shan States lies the Shan town of Hsenwi. A great precipice is visible to the North, where the Southern side of a wild and rugged mountain top shows up, 4,000 feet over Hsenwi and some 8 miles distant by road.
“I went up this Peak in search of Serow and, having found a few tracks, I sat down to wait in the shade of the green forest which straggles up the North side of the mountain to a pass in the hill, at an elevation of about 6,000 feet. I was sitting there on a fallen log when I noticed one of these Sibias some ten yards away watching me anxiously and presently it flew to a small sapling close by, almost directly leaving again only to return once more, so that I began to suspect a nest. The bird peered at me from various points and then began to call in a subdued Sibia note so, getting up, I went to the tree to examine and then saw a nest on the top of it, about seven feet from the ground, on which the Sibia was sitting. She went off, so, having ascertained that the nest contained two eggs, I had, with the greatest reluctance, to shoot the poor little thing for the sake of identification. After being put off her nest the second time she scolded me from the tree-tops with an alarm note I cannot describe. She would be high over-head, 40 or 50 feet up, and then dive down to within a foot or two of the ground and work her way nearer to the nest. At times she would cling to a tree-trunk like a nuthatch, with her body in a horizontal position, peering anxiously at me. At last I had to shoot her and, picking up her poor little remains, took the nest and eggs.
“The large nest was made of fine roots etc. strongly built, the whole of the outside decorated with bright green moss ; the lining was of black hair-like fern rachides and thick and well finished off.
“Two of the edges were drawn up into the green moss growing on the sapling, so that the nest was not conspicuous.”
The two eggs are similar to those of the preceding bird, the ground-colour is a pale blue-grey with a few smudges and irregular blotches of pale brown and other secondary markings of pale grey and pale sepia. They measure 22.0 x16.3 and 21.2 x 16.3 mm., and were taken on the 5th April.

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 1. 1932.
Title in Book: 
318. Leioptila annectans saturata
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Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Common name: 
Shan Chestnut Bumped Sibia
Heterophasia annectans saturata
Vol. 1

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