244. Pellorneum ruficeps jonesi

(244) Pellorneum ruflceps jonesi Stuart Baker.
THE SIMLA SPOTTED BABBLES.
Pellorneum ruflceps jonesi, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 241.
This bird was described from a specimen obtained by A. E. Jones at Kalka, in the Simla States, since when it has been found in Garhwal and Dehra Dun, in the latter district between 2,000 and 3,000 feet.
Osmaston says that it is a very common bird round about Dehra itself in the wooded ravines and in the Tea-gardens.
It appears to be a bird of heavy forest. One nest, with four much incubated eggs, was found by Osmaston on the 24th April, and on the same date he saw young ones which had left the nest. They must, therefore, sometimes be very early breeders. Two other nests found by Osmaston on the 4th May and 2nd July were placed on the ground on steep banks in dense forest. They are described as domed, with large lateral entrances and made of dry grass and dead leaves with no lining. A third and fourth nest taken by Betham on the 10th and 27th June, with three and one egg in them, were placed in similar forest, but he describes them as “well finished off and lined.”
The eggs are like those of P. r. mandellii, and ten average 21.4 x 16.2 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: 
244. Pellorneum ruficeps jonesi
Spp Author: 
Stuartbaker.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
244
Year: 
1932
Page No: 
206
Common name: 
Western Spotted Babbler
M_ID: 
24627
M_CN: 
Puff-throated Babbler
M_SN: 
Pellorneum ruficeps
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
13447

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