1118. Fringilauda brandti hsematopygia

(1118) Fringilauda brandti haematopygia (Gould).
Fringillauda brandti haematopygia, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iii, p. 194.
This Mountain-Finch breeds at extreme elevations in Kashmir, Ladak, Sikkim and Tibet, hut there is, so far, nothing on record about its breeding except one nest taken by Macdonald near Gyantse at 14,000 feet.
Osmaston in his article on the “Birds of Ladakh” (Ibis, 1025, p. 697) writes :—“This species is common at high altitudes in Southern and Eastern Ladakh between 13,000 and 17,000 feet elevation. They frequent rocky hill-sides and are sometimes seen along with Adams’ Mountain-Finch. They are also very partial to wet ground and by streams, where they feed. They are not timid, and will allow themselves to be watched when feeding at quite close quarters. They were noted as specially numerous near the Tso-Moriri Lake (15,000 feet), above Raima (15,000 feet) ; Shushal (14,200 feet) ; all along the Pangong Lake (13 900 feet) ; and near the Nebok and Khardong Passes at about 16,000 feet.
“All endeavours to find the nest of this species were unsuccessful.”
Two nests and eggs sent me, together with the parent birds, were taken, the one above Gyantse in Tibet at about 14,000 feet, the other at the Taglane Pass, Ladak, at 17,000 feet. Macdonald obtained the first in a hole among the stones of a fallen boundary wall, some couple of feet inside. The nest was a very rough affair, scanty and ill put together, made of grass only, but well lined with feathers. It was taken on the 11th July and contained three eggs.
The second nest, taken by F. A. Peter, was found under a large boulder on the lee-side of a ridge, hut with snow surrounding it on. all sides. Mr. Peter writes me:— "This neat was found with great difficulty and in bitter cold. Several pairs of birds were about, but we could find no nest until passing a big boulder a bird flew out at our feet. Waiting until it returned I shot it, and then we found the nest two feet under the boulder in a natural bellow. It was a rough cup made of grass and thickly lined with hair. It had four fresh eggs, but I broke one in blowing it. The nest was taken on the 30th July, 1932.”
The eggs are just like those of other Mountain- and Snow-Finches except that those taken by Peter are long ovals.
The six eggs average 22.15 x 16.17 mm. : maxima 23.9 x 15.5 and 22.0 x 16.6 mm. ; minima 21.9 x 16.6 and 23.9 x 15.5 mm.

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 3. 1934.
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1118. Fringilauda brandti hsematopygia
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Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Tibetan Rosy Rumpbd Mountain Finch
Leucosticte brandti haematopygia
Vol. 3

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