59. Parus montieolus

(59) Parus monticolus monticolus Vigors.
THE SIMLA GREEN-BACKED TIT.
Parus monticolus monticolus, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 80 (part.).
This Titmouse breeds between 3,500 and 9,000 feet in the North¬
- West Himalayas. It is very common from Murree East to Garhwal, Simla States, Naini Tal and Mussoorie. It occurs in Kashmir but only in small numbers. April is the usual breeding month but eggs are sometimes laid in March and many in May, whilst a few birds continue to lay up to the end of June. They do not appear to have two broods in the year unless the first brood is lost by accident.
The nest may be placed in a hole in almost any position, tree, post, old stump, bank or roadside wall, but undoubtedly the favourite position is a wall of some kind. On the other hand it is exceptional for them to make their nests in buildings as the Grey Tit so often does. The nest is just a pad of fur or wool on a basis of moss or moss mixed with grass and feathers. Wool is, perhaps, more popular with this bird than with the Parus major group and both Rattray and Whymper found nests made of wool alone. Cock, on the other hand, found one nest composed of a mass of soft fur “like rabbit-fur.”
The clutches of eggs are large, five to eight in number, the last being by no means rare.
They are very like the eggs of the Northern Indian Grey Tit but as a whole even more richly marked. As regards any egg, however, of the one it could always be matched with an. egg of the other.
Forty eggs average 16.7 x 13.1 mm. : maxima 18.0 x 13.1 and 17.3 x 14.2 mm. ; minima 16.0 x.12.4 mm.

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: 
59. Parus montieolus
Spp Author: 
Vigors.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
59
Year: 
1932
Page No: 
62
Common name: 
Simla Green Backbd Tit
M_ID: 
21286
M_CN: 
Green-backed Tit
M_SN: 
Parus monticolus
Volume: 
Vol. 1
Term name: 
id: 
13285

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