315. Leioptila melanoleuea radcliflei

(315) Leioptila melanoleuca radcliffei Harington.
THE TOUNGHOO BLACK-WINGED SIBIA.
Leioptila melanoleuca radcliffei, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 300.
The distribution of this Sibia still requires working out. The three known Museum specimens are: two from North-East Central Burma, and now in the British Museum, and one from Tounghoo, which is in the Bombay Museum ; Wickham says it is one of the common Sibias of the Shan States. He writes (Journ. Bomb. Nat. Hist. Soc. vol. xxxiii. p. 811, 1929) :—“ I have taken two nests of radcliffei ; the eggs vary ; in one case they were like my gracilis eggs in coloration, in the other a light blue ground very sparingly spotted. I should call them blackbird and thrush types, but the spots are dark red. One nest, 24th March, was built more against than on a branch of a pine tree, just out of ordinary reach. Pine needles and grass and a few leaves had been used with pine-needle lining, and it was coated outside with wool, giving the whole a greyish appearance ; a bit of string and a bit of paper also decorated the outside. This nest was in the hedge of a house compound, the other, 28th March, being on a road-side tree. The structure measured 65 mm. inside and 105 mm. outside in diameter. I dis¬covered they were early breeders, 2nd of March, by picking up a fully fledged young bird at the fend of April the year before. The skins I sent home have been identified as radcliffei. It is particularly common round Taunggye, where I took one of the above-mentioned nests. It is a very quick rat-like mover amongst branches when feeding.”

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: 
315. Leioptila melanoleuea radcliflei
Spp Author: 
Harington.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
315
Year: 
1932
Page No: 
277
Common name: 
Tounghoo Black Winged Sibia
M_ID: 
25088
M_SN: 
Heterophasia melanoleuca radcliffei
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
13516

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