1087(a). Acanthis flavirostris ladacensis

(1087 a) Acanthis flavirostris ladacensis Meinertz.
Acanthis flavirostris ladacensis, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. viii, p. 655.
Meinertzhagen says that this Twite “is apparently confined to Eastern Ladak,” but Osmaston ton in 1923 (Ibis, 1925, pp. 663¬-719), writing under the name of A. f. brevirostris, remarks :— “This species is exceedingly common in Central, Southern and Eastern Ladakh, at elevations of from 13,500 to 16,000 feet. They frequent the same Tama areas as does Carpodacus rubicilloides They are to be seen in flocks early in June, but they soon pair off, and by the end of June they have commenced building.
“The great majority of nests are placed low down in Tama bushes, and a single nest was observed on the ground, but in a few cases nests were found at a considerable height from the ground in Willow-trees. Nests resemble those of the English Red Linnet, and are made of dry grass and are neatly lined with hair.”
One nest, it may be noted, was taken from a Willow 11 feet from the ground, so unusual a height that the bird was shot to ensure the identity of the owner.
In his notes to me Osmaston says that in most cases the nests were made of grass only, in some this being mixed with weed-stems. In every instance hair only was used as a lining, generally yaks’ hair.
Osmaston took may nests with eggs between the 21st June and 9th July, but Meinertzhagen took one at Tankse on the 21st May.
They probably lay on to the end of August, as Osmaston says that the birds were still building on the 9th July, when he travelled to lower elevations.
The number of eggs laid seems to he four, rarely three or five, while in appearance they cannot he distinguished from those of the other races of Twite.
Fifty eggs average 17.9 x 13.3 mm. : maxima 20.3 x 12.9 and 19.1 x 14.0 mm. ; minima 10.9 x 12.5 and 18.9 x 12.2 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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1087(a). Acanthis flavirostris ladacensis
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Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Ladak Twite
Linaria flavirostris
Vol. 3

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