615. Myophonus coeruleus eugenei

(615) Myophonus coeruleus eugenei Hume.
THE BURMESE WHISTLING-THRUSH.
Myiophoneus temminckii eugenei, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. ii, p. 181.
Myophonus coeruleus eugenei, ibid. vol. viii, p. 626.
This, the least known of our Whistling-Thrushes, is found all over the Burmese Hills, East of the range of temminckii. It is common East of the Irrawaddy in the North and extends through the Shan States and Siam to Pegu and Tenasserim. On the East it occurs in Cochin China, and North is found in Yunnan, whore it blends into the Chinese race, the true coeruleus.
Bingham, who was the first to take the nest of this bird, thus records his find:—“On the 16th April I was crossing the Mehkhaneli stream, a feeder of the Mek-pa-lek, where it is a mere mountain torrent brawling over a bed of rocks strewed with great boulders. A small tree, drifted down by the last rains, had caught against two of these and, being jammed in by the force of the water, had half broken across and now formed a sort of temporary V-shaped dam, against which pieces of wood, bark, leaves and rubbish had collected, rising some six inches or so above the water, which found an exit below the broken tree. On this frail and tottering founda¬tion was placed a round solid nest about 9 inches in diameter, made of green moss and lined with fine black roots and fibres, in which lay four fresh eggs. I hid myself behind a trunk of a tree on the bank and watched, gun in hand. In about twenty minutes a pair of Myiophoneus eugenii came flitting up the stream and, alighting near the nest, sat for a time quietly. At last one hopped on the edge of the nest and, after a short inspection, sat down over the eggs with a low chuckle.”
Nests collected for me by W. Partridge, jun., and sent me with birds and eggs, agreed well with Bingham’s. One nest was built on a bank of a stream and two were placed in among masses of vines and creepers growing on trees which had fallen across the boulders in the stream. The nests were all massive cups of wet green moss, lined with fine moss-roots. They were all three taken in Tenasserim, and contained three, three and four eggs respectively.
In this province they seem to breed from February to May, two of Partridge’s nests having been taken on the 26th and 28th of February and the other on the 30th March. Possibly, however, like the other Whistling-Thrushes, they have two broods in the year, for Cook took four fresh eggs at Kalaw, Shan States, on, the 23rd July.
The eggs are exactly like those of the Himalayan bird, but all I have seen, except the four taken by Cook, have been of the pale- creamy or grey-green ground very feebly marked with pale reddish freckles. Of those taken by Cook, three are a deeper buff, more strongly marked with reddish, whilst the fourth is like the normal type.
Twenty eggs average 36.7 x 25.4 mm. : maxima 40.3 x 26.0 and 35.1 x 27.1 mm. ; minima 34.0 x 26.4 and 35.1 x 24.1 mm.

BookTitle: 
The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Reference: 
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 2. 1933.
Title in Book: 
615. Myophonus coeruleus eugenei
Spp Author: 
Hume.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
615
Year: 
1933
Page No: 
158
Common name: 
Burmese Whistling Thrush
M_ID: 
28224
M_SN: 
Myophonus caeruleus eugenei
Volume: 
Vol. 2
id: 
13773

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