251. Pellorneum nigricapitatum Eyton

(251) Pellorneum nigricapitatum (Eyton).
THE BLACK-CAPPED BABBLER.
Pellorneum. nigricapitatum, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 246.
Since Davison wrote his notes, quoted by Hume, nothing more seems to have been learned as to the nidification of this bird. He writes :—
I got one nest of this bird at Klang. I was passing through some very dense jungle, where the ground was very marshy, when one of these birds rose from the ground, about two feet in front of me, and alighted on an old stump some few feet away. On examining the place from which the bird rose, I found the nest placed at the base of a small clump of ferns, and concealed by a number of over flinging withered fronds of the fern. The base of the nest, which rested on the ground, was composed of a mass of dried twigs, leaves etc. ; then came the real body of the nest, composed of coarse fern-roots, the egg-cavity being lined with finer roots and a number of hair-like fibres. It looked compactly and strongly put together but, on trying to remove it, it all came to pieces. When the bird saw me examining the nest it fluttered to within a couple of feet of me, feigning a broken wing to try and draw me away. The nest contained only two eggs, which were slightly set.”
Hume describes the eggs as “extremely regular ovals, scarcely smaller, if at all, at one end than the other. The shell is very fine and fragile, but has only a slight gloss. The ground-colour appears to have been creamy white, but the markings are so thickly set that little of this is anywhere visible. First, pale inky spots and clouds are thickly sprinkled over the surface, and over this the whole egg is freckled with a pale purplish brown.”
The two eggs, now in the British Museum, measure 20.8 x 15.7 and 20.8 x 16.0 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: 
251. Pellorneum nigricapitatum Eyton
Spp Author: 
Eyton.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
251
Year: 
1932
Page No: 
212
Common name: 
Black Capped Babbler
M_ID: 
24671
M_CN: 
Black-capped Babbler
M_SN: 
Pellorneum capistratum
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
13453

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