856. Phylloscopus neglectus neglectus

(856) Phylloscopus neglectus neglectus Hume.
THE PERSIAN PLAIN WILLOW-WARBLER.
Phylloscopus neglectus neglecta, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. ii, p. 458.
This little Warbler is said to breed from Transcaspia to Persia. Whether it breeds within our limits or not is still doubtful.
I had a clutch of eggs, nest and skin sent me from Phari, in Tibet. The nest is exactly like that of P. affinis and the eggs are quite typical of that bird, but very small and less glossy. The skin was that of neglectus, with a wing of 48 mm., so small that it sufficed to confirm my identification, despite the tattered condition of the specimen. It was taken on the 2nd August at about 14,000 feet. As it may well be that neglectus migrates South through Phari at about this time, there is a possibility that another Warbler was shot in mistake for the real owner.
Ward has taken a good many nests in Kargil, Ladak, also at about 14,000 feet elevation, and one or two at Rupal, Astore, at 10,000 feet. I have seen no skins from the latter place but have seen two skins from the Ladak expedition run by Whymper and Ward, which had been correctly identified by Ward as neglectus.
All that is known about their breeding is what I can gather from Ward’s notes, which describe the nest as made of grass, domed and lined thickly with feathers and placed within a few inches of the ground in scrub of some kind growing on very bleak, stony, waste land.
Ward’s clutches run from three to five eggs in number, the dates on which they were taken being between the 25th May and the 8th July.
The eggs are not those of P. c. sindianus or of P. affinis. One clutch of three is white, with very faint specks of reddish ; a clutch of five is white handsomely speckled with red, the spots more numerous at the larger end but plentiful everywhere except at the extreme small end. Three other clutches are intermediate. One clutch only seems as if it might be that of sindianus ; the eggs are larger, mote glossy and are marked in zones at the large ends, as the eggs of that bird so often are.
Twenty-seven eggs average 15.1 x 11.7 mm. : maxima 16.1 x 12.1 mm. ; minima 13.1 x 10.4 mm.
Against this must be noted the fact that eggs taken by Witherby in Faristan were pure white, though the nest seems to have been exactly like that described by Ward and Crump, and to have been placed in a similar position. It may well be that this Warbler— like others—sometimes lays white and sometimes spotted eggs. If not the eggs of neglectus it is very difficult to say what breeding bird in Ladak could possibly have laid them.

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: 
856. Phylloscopus neglectus neglectus
Spp Author: 
Hume.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
856
Year: 
1933
Page No: 
415
Common name: 
Plain Willow Warbler
M_ID: 
22987
M_CN: 
Plain Leaf Warbler
M_SN: 
Phylloscopus neglectus
Volume: 
Vol. 2
id: 
13979

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