320. Leioptila pulchella pulchella

(320) Leioptila pulchella pulchella (Godw.-Aust.).
THE ASSAM BEAUTIFUL SIBIA.
Leioptila pulchella pulchella, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 302.
This Beautiful Sibia is found only on the hill-ranges South of the Brahmapootra above 5,000 feet and it has also been obtained on the Torapatu Peak in the Dafla Hills. It did not breed anywhere in either the Cachar or Khasia Hills so far as I know, and its nest is not likely to be taken much below 7,000 or 8,000 feet.
The only nest obtained up to the present is one taken by Mr. F. Field at Japhama, in the Naga Hills, at about 9,000 feet, on the 17th of May. The bird was first observed feeding in very thick evergreen forest on rugged broken ground and, later, one nest was found, containing a single egg, built on a horizontal branch of a small tree growing in the forest on a hill-side. Mr. Field writes:— “The nest was cup-shaped, made of moss, lined with roots and placed nearly at the end of the branch and very difficult to get at.”
In colour the egg is a pale blue quite unspotted, in shape a regular oval a little pointed at the smaller end. The texture is fine and smooth but glossless. It measures 23.8 X 17.9 mm.
It, of course, must not be taken for granted that spotless blue is the normal colour for this beautiful bird’s eggs. Nearly all the Sibias occasionally lay eggs which are quite or nearly immaculate, and it may well be that when more eggs are taken these will be found to be spotted or blotched.

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: 
320. Leioptila pulchella pulchella
Spp Author: 
Godw.-aust.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
320
Year: 
1932
Page No: 
280
Common name: 
Beautiful Sibia
M_ID: 
25100
M_SN: 
Heterophasia pulchella pulchella
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
13519

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