874. Acanthopneuste nitidus nitidus

(874) Acanthopneuste nitidus nitidus (Blyth).
THE GREEN WILLOW-WARBLER.
Acanthopneuste nitidus nitidus, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. ii, p. 473.
Outside our limits this Warbler breeds from the Caucasus to Bokhara and apparently also Afghanistan and Baluchistan, Williams having obtained a nest containing three eggs at Quetta. With the exception of a nest taken by Petherick in the high mountains above Yazd, this is the only record of its breeding.
Wilhams writes (Journ. Bomb. Nat. Hist. Soc. vol. xxxiii, p. 601, 1929) :—“A couple of seasons ago a family party of these little Warblers were found in a small, fairly well-wooded valley in the ‘Marachah Reserve’ feeding young fledglings that could just fly. Though a thorough search Was made no nest could be found. This season (1928), during the latter part of May, a nest was found with three fresh eggs in the same locality, the parent bird being flushed and identified.
“This nest was a large, loosely put together ball of grass and dry moss, lined with fine grass-stems and hair, and placed among the jumbled and bush overgrown roots of a Juniper.
"The three eggs were fresh and the yolks showed clearly through them imparting a beautiful pale pink colour to the eggs. When blown they were pure white, slightly glossy and of none too close a texture.
“The average measurements of the three eggs is 16.7 x 12.3 mm.”
The bird, unfortunately, was not obtained but nest and eggs agree exactly with those taken by Petherick, except that the eggs the latter found had no gloss at all.
I know of no other Warbler which lays pure white eggs which could have been the owner of this nest.

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: 
874. Acanthopneuste nitidus nitidus
Spp Author: 
Blyth
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
874
Year: 
1933
Page No: 
424
Common name: 
Green Willow Warbler
M_ID: 
23030
M_CN: 
Green Warbler
M_SN: 
Phylloscopus nitidus
Volume: 
Vol. 2
id: 
13990

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