158. Trochalopteron phoenicium ripponi

(158) Trochalopteron phoenicium ripponi Oates.
Trochalopterum phoenicium ripponi, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 170.
This race breeds in the Kachin Hills and Shan States between 3,000 and 6,000 feet and is very common in the Bhamo Hills. Mackenzie and Hopwood also record it as common in the Chin Hills in the East and South, though bakeri is the common form in the North and West and on the borders of Manipur. Presumably the Central Chin Hills is the meeting and intergrading place of the two subspecies.
I have eggs and nests sent me of T. p. ripponi taken by Harington in May and June, together with a letter in which he describes the former:—
“Nest found on 1.6.05 placed in a small sapling about 6 feet from the ground, at the bottom of a ravine on the edge of a swamp of elephant grass. It is a neat cup-shaped nest, well built of bamboo leaves, lined with fine grasses and fibres. I watched the birds for the whole afternoon and morning but was unable to shoot as they would have fallen into the swamp and been lost. It is a common bird at Sinlum (Bhamo) at 6,000 feet.”
Grant and Cook also took nests near Sinlum and give similar descriptions, except that their nests were taken in open forest. Hopwood says of his nests that they were all “placed in shrubs in grass and bamboo jungle in fairly open localities. Never found in heavy forest.”
They breed in May and June, though Hopwood obtained one nest at 4,500 feet on the 27th April.
Twenty-one eggs average 25.8 x 18.6 mm. : maxima 27.9 x 19.1 mm. ; minima 24.2 x 18.1 and 24.8 x 18.0.
The exact status of the Chin Hills Crimson-winged Laughing- Thrush wants working out, and with good material it may be proved that all Chin Hills birds belong to the Eastern form.

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 1. 1932.
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158. Trochalopteron phoenicium ripponi
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Burmese Crimson Winged Laughing Thrush
Scarlet-faced Liocichla
Liocichla ripponi
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