309. Lioparus chrysotis chrysotis

(309) Lioparus chrysotis chrysotis (Hodgs.).
THE HIMALAYAN GOLDEN-BREASTED FULVETTA.
Lioparus chrysotis, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 293.
Lioparus chrysotis chrysotis, ibid. vol. viii, p. 606.
The Golden-breasted Fulvetta is found on the higher ranges of Assam, both North and South of the Brahmapootra, Manipur, Nepal and Sikkim.
Hodgson’s notes as quoted by Hume appear to be the only record of this bird’s breeding. Hume summarizes the notes thus :
“The Golden-breasted Tit-Babbler breeds, according to Mr. Hodgson’s notes, near Darjeeling and in the central regions of Nepal. It lays from three to four eggs, which are figured as somewhat broad ovals, measuring 0.7 by 0.5, with a pinky white ground, speckled and spotted thinly, except near the large end, where there is a tendency to form a cap or zone, with brownish red. The nest is oval or rather egg-shaped, and fixed with its longest diameter perpendicular to the ground in a bamboo clump in between a dozen or so of the small lateral shoots, at an elevation of only a few feet from the ground. One taken near Darjeeling on the 12th June measured externally 6 inches in height, 4.5 in breadth and 3 inches in depth, and on one side it had an oval aperture 2.5 in height and 1.75 in breadth. It appeared to have been entirely composed of dry bamboo leaves and broad blades of grass interwoven, and with a little grass and moss-roots as lining.”
The nests and eggs taken by Mr. Stevens and recorded in the ‘Fauna’ are not, he is now satisfied, the eggs of this bird. At the same time he is equally assured that the birds were undoubtedly breeding in the vicinity during May and June at about 9,000 feet.

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: 
309. Lioparus chrysotis chrysotis
Spp Author: 
Hodgs.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
309
Year: 
1932
Page No: 
269
Common name: 
Himalayan Golden Breasted Fulvetta
M_ID: 
25222
M_SN: 
Lioparus chrysotis chrysotis
Volume: 
Vol. 1
Term name: 
id: 
13509

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