245. Pellorneum ruficeps minor

(245) Pellorneum ruflceps minor Hume.
Pellorneum ruflceps Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 242.
This race of Spotted Babbler is found in the Upper Chindwin, Chin Hills, Arrakan and the whole of Western Burma to Thayetmyo. It is possible that the Sittaung forms its Eastern boundary, but its distribution West of this river and East of the Irrawaddy has not been proved. It certainly occurs in the Popa-Meiktila districts, but South of these its status is uncertain.
Hopwood and Mackenzie took numerous nests of this subspecies up to 4,500 feet in the Chin Hills, apparently both in construction and site exactly like those of the Assam Spotted Babbler and, like that bird, it lays three or four eggs, more often the former than the latter.
Forty eggs average 21.5 x 16.4 mm. : maxima 24.0 x 17.0 and 21.0 x 17.5 mm. ; minima 20.0 x 15.8 and 20.5 x 15.2 mm.
The average includes twenty-two eggs measured by Mr. J. M. D. Mackenzie.
In the Chin Hills most birds breed in April, a few continuing into May, whilst in Popa Macdonald obtained nests in May and June.
Specimens which appear to be typical minor or mandellii appear, with unpleasant frequency, each in the normal area occupied by the other, and often at considerable distances from the boundary lines where we would naturally expect to find many specimens intermediate between the two. For the present, and for con¬venience sake, I keep the subspecies as defined in the ‘Fauna,’ only correcting their various areas in so far as this is possible with the added material now available. Collectors in all parts of Burma should, however, bear in mind the fact that more specimens of this very common bird are badly wanted in the British Museum.

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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245. Pellorneum ruficeps minor
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Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Burmese Spotted Babbler
Pellorneum ruficeps minus
Vol. 1

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