922. Phyllergates coronatus coronatus

(922) Phyllergates coronatus coronatus Jerd. & Blyth.
THE INDIAN GOLDEN-HEADED WARBLER.
Phyllergates coronatus coronatus, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. ii, p. 516.
This curious little Warbler ranges from Sikkim to Assam and thence through the hill-ranges of Burma as far South as Tenasserim.
It is to be found both in scrub- and grass-jungle and in evergreen forest, but during the breeding season I nearly always saw them in scrub-, grass- or bamboo-jungle, sometimes just the one, sometimes all three mixed. They were also often to be seen in secondary growth in deserted rice-fields.
Nothing, beyond doubt, is known of their nidification, but I have twice had nests and eggs brought to me by Nagas with birds said to have been trapped on the nest and, many years later, a Khasia boy brought me an exactly similar nest with a bird which he said he had killed on the nest with a gulail (pellet bow).
These nests were all taken in scrub, grass and bamboos mixed together in secondary growth, growing at an elevation in two cases of 2,500 feet or less and, in the third, at about 3,500, exceptionally high for this bird.
All the nests I have seen have been built in “kydia” leaves between one and three feet from the ground and all might have passed for nests of the common Tailor-Bird, as might the eggs. The nests have, however, some characteristics which are quite noticeable. The leaves of the kydia in each nest form only the back and half of the sides, not being sewn together in front, as leaves of similar size normally are by Tailor-Birds. Again, a good deal of dried moss is used in the nests, and there was in each a distinct lining of matted vegetable down. The sewing was carried out in exactly the same manner as in Tailor-Birds’ nests, and the main materials used were grass-bents and the feathery ends of grasses.
The nests brought to me in North Cachar were all taken in May, that in the Khasia Hills in June.
The full complement of eggs appears to be three or four and they are exactly like washed-out eggs of the Tailor-Bird. The colour is white, white tinged with pink, or white tinged with blue, and the markings consist of a few freckles of pale dull pinky red, in one pair of eggs becoming small reddish-brown spots. In all those I have seen the markings are most numerous at the larger end but never form rings or caps.
In shape they are long, blunt ovals. The texture is fine but not close, and they are quite glossless and very fragile.
Twelve eggs average 15.5 x 11.3 mm. : maxima 16.9 x 11.7 and 16.0 x 12.0 mm. ; minima 14.7 x 11.8 and 15.3 x 10.9 mm.

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: 
922. Phyllergates coronatus coronatus
Spp Author: 
Jerd.&blyth.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
922
Year: 
1933
Page No: 
465
Common name: 
Golden Headed Warbler
M_ID: 
23042
M_CN: 
Eastern Crowned Warbler
M_SN: 
Phylloscopus coronatus
Volume: 
Vol. 2
id: 
14027

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