892. Seicercus xanthosehistos albosuperciliaris

(892) Seicercus xanthoschistos albosuperciliaris (Jerdon).
Seicercus xanthoschistus albosuperciliaris, Fauna B. I., Birds 2nd ed. vol. ii. p. 490.
The North-Western form of Grey-headed Warbler is found from Garhwal and, possibly, Western Nepal to the North-West Frontier.
Although this bird is found both in Kashmir and the wooded portion of Ladak, it is far more common in the forested outer hills from Murree to Garhwal.
Dodsworth and Jones obtained their nests in the Simla States, principally between 6,000 and 7,500 feet, in some numbers. Marshall (G. F. L.) took one nest on the 22nd May at 7,000 feet and Whymper found them breeding freely round Naini Tal at about the same ele¬vation, while Buchanan and Rattray took the nests in the Galis near Murree between 5,000 and 8,000 feet. The latter also took its nest at Mussoorie.
Hume writes of their nidification :—“I have received its nests and eggs from several sources, and have taken them in the Sutlej and Beas Valleys myself. They lay in the last week of March, and throughout April and May, constructing a large globular nest of moss, more or less mingled exteriorly with dry grass and lined thinly with goat’s hair, and then inside this thickly with the softest wool or, in one nest that I found, with the inner downy fur of hares. The entrance to the nest is sometimes on one side, sometimes almost at the top, and is rather large for the size of the bird. The nest is almost without exception placed on a grassy bank, at the foot of some small bush, and usually contains four eggs.”
The sites selected are much the same as those chosen by the Eastern race, but nests in holes in trees are quite exceptional. On the other hand, Whymper remarks that these birds seem to have a strong predilection for grassy banks of roads, both those running through forest and those more in the open.
The nests are as described by Hume, but it may be noticed that, like those of the typical race, they are formed in three definite parts —an outer covering of grass and moss, then a welded wall of moss only and, finally, a dense lining of wool, down, or fur, a lining I have never seen in the nest of the previous bird. Sometimes this lining of fur is mixed with a few feathers (Jones) and sometimes with wool and hair (Whymper and Hume). The fur chosen seems very often that of either hares or monkeys.
The breeding season is chiefly in May and June ; April eggs are uncommon and I have seen none laid in March other than Hume’s.
The normal full clutch is four only, but both Jones and Buchanan have taken five.
The eggs cannot be distinguished from those of the preceding bird.
Fifty eggs average 15.9 x 12.5 mm. : maxima 17.0 x 13.3 mm. ; minima 14.9 x 12.0 mm.

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 2. 1933.
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892. Seicercus xanthosehistos albosuperciliaris
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Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Common name: 
Kashmir Grey Headed Flycatcher Warbler
Phylloscopus xanthoschistos xanthoschistos
Vol. 2

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