74. Machlolophus spilonotus subviridis

(74) Machlolophus spilonotus subviridis Tickell.
Machlolophus spilonotus subviridis, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 91.
This Yellow-Tit breeds throughout the higher hill ranges of Burma from the Kachin Hills, Chin Hills (Mt. Victoria) to Tenasserim (Muleyit) and is also found in Yunnan, Shan States and Siam.
Col. Stanley Pershouse is apparently the only person to take the nest and eggs of this race of Yellow-Tit. Notes sent to me with the nest are as follows :—
“ I found only one nest of this species at Sinlum Kaba and that was on the 8th of April, 1913. It was placed in a hole about three feet from the ground in a tree by the side of a path running through jungle. The hole faced tie path and on the other side, towards the jungle, there was a large crack in the tree through which the bird made its escape on my examining the nest. Unlike most Tits, after being disturbed once or twice it was very far from being a close sitter, although evidently it would have taken a great deal to make it desert its nest. Generally it left the nest directly I touched the tree, going away into the jungle like a flash.
“When I found the nest it contained three eggs but, as I was very anxious to secure the bird, I visited the nest daily from the 8th to the 17th endeavouring to do so, but was unsuccessful. Fearing to leave the eggs any longer I took them. They were very hard set but I managed to blow them.
“They are white, two boldly spotted and one speckled with brownish red and having underlying marks of very pale lavender. They measure about 19.3 x 15.2 mm.”
The nest, very kindly sent for my inspection, is a thick pad of the finest fur, dark grey in colour, well matted together and fitting exactly into the bottom of the hole in the tree. It measures about 4 inches across and rather less in depth with a depression for the eggs about an inch deep.

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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74. Machlolophus spilonotus subviridis
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Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Burmese Black Spotted Yellow Tit
Machlolophus spilonotus subviridis
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