471(a). Pnoepyga albiventris pallidior

(471 a) Pnoepyga albiventris pallidior Kinnear.
THE WESTERN SCALY-BREASTED WEEN.
Pnoepyga squamata squamata, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 458 (part.).
Pnoepyga albiventris pallidior, ibid. vol. viii, p. 618.
Kinnear’s race of this Wren is found from the Sutlej Valley to Garhwal and Dharmsala.
This Wren seems to breed at far greater heights as a rule than does the typical form. Whymper found it breeding at 12,000 feet in the Garhwal Hills, Osmaston found it at 11,000 feet in the Tons Valley in the same hills, whilst Mathews took its nest at 10,500 feet in the Bhillung Valley.
The latter describes the nest taken by him as follows (Journ. Bomb. Nat. Hist. Soc. vol. xxv, p. 496, 1918):—“The nest was built almost entirely of moss, and was situated under an overhanging moss-clad rock on the side of a ravine. It was domed, with a hole at the side, and contained three fresh eggs, pure white with the exception of two or three reddish-brown specks on two of the eggs. They seemed very large for the size of the bird, and measured 0.8 x .0.61 and 0.79 x 0.6 mm.”
Osmaston took several nests in Birch and Silver Fir forest, and two also were built on the vertical faces of moss-covered rocks, and in construction like those of Mathew’s.
Whymper’s nest, again, was similar in all respects.
Fifteen eggs average 21.5 x 15.6 mm. : maxima 22.9 x 15.9 and 22.3 x 16.0 mm. ; minima 20.0 x 15.0 mm.

BookTitle: 
The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Reference: 
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 1. 1932.
Title in Book: 
471(a). Pnoepyga albiventris pallidior
Spp Author: 
Kinnear.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
471
Year: 
1932
Page No: 
429
Common name: 
Western Scaly-breasted Wren
M_ID: 
22636
M_SN: 
Pnoepyga albiventer pallidior
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
13649

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