750. Pericrocotus albifrons

(750) Pericrocotus albifrons Jerdon.
THE BURMESE WHITE-BELLIED MINIVET.
Pericrocotus albifrons, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. ii, p. 334.
It is possible that this Minivet should really be treated as a race of the last, but there is a great area inhabited by no form of allied Minivet, and it may be that it was a race which, by the dying out of the Unking forms, has attained the status of a species. It is found over practically the whole of Burma from the Chin, Kachin, Bhamo Hills and Shan States to Tenasserim.
Like the preceding bird, this Minivet breeds in thin forest or in scrub-jungle rather than in open country or in cultivation. Nearly always the nest is built quite low down in thick thorny bushes or in cane-brakes at heights between 2 and 5 feet from the ground, but Cook took one nest in Ataran, South Burma, built in a fork of a branch of a sapling about 15 feet from the ground.
Of its breeding in Myingyan Macdonald notes (Journ. Bomb. Nat. Hist. Soc. vol. xvii, p. 189, 1906):—“The nest, which is very difficult to detect, is a tiny cup stuck in a fork, or on the top of a horizontal branch of a low bush from 4 to 10 feet from the ground. One nest was found on the 17th August and another at the beginning of May, both with eggs.”
Both Mackenzie and Hopwood found it not uncommon in the Chin Hills and North Arrakan, and also took nests in Pakokku in June containing two or three eggs.
The nest appears to be very much like that of the Indian White- bellied Minivet but, when placed in trees, it is covered on the outside with lichen, bark, or lichen and moss. When in bushes, as it generally is, there are no decorations on the outside.
The eggs could not be distinguished from those of P. albifrons but, on the whole, are a trifle paler. One clutch taken by Venning at Haka, in the Chin Hills, on the 7th May is very pale, the primary markings in two eggs being almost wanting.
Fifteen eggs average 17.0 x 13.6 mm. : maxima 18.1 x 13.2 and 17.2 x 15.0 mm. ; minima 16.2 x 13.6 and 17.0 x 13.0 mm.
All the eggs in my collection were taken in May and June.

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: 
750. Pericrocotus albifrons
Spp Author: 
Jerdon.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
750
Year: 
1933
Page No: 
302
Common name: 
Jerdon's Minivet
M_ID: 
18686
M_CN: 
Jerdon's Minivet
M_SN: 
Pericrocotus albifrons
Volume: 
Vol. 2
id: 
13889

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