220. Pomatorhinus erythrogenys haringtoni

(220) Pomatorhinus erythrogenys haringtoni Stuart Baker.
Pomatorhinus erythrogenys haringtoni, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 220.
This race of Rusty-cheeked Scimitar-Babbler is found in Sikkim, where it is the most common of the genus, often occurring as low as 1,200 feet in Winter (Stevens). Oates says that in Summer it occurs at 10,000 feet but Stevens thinks this is much too high an altitude, and gives their range as 3,500 to 6,500 feet in the Rangbong and Mai Valleys, whilst he found a nest with four young at 7,000 feet at Mai “Khola.”
Gammie says that these Scimitar-Babblers “nest in open country, immediately adjoining moist thickly wooded ravines, in which they feed and take refuge if disturbed from the nest. The nest is usually placed on sloping ground, more or less concealed by overhanging herbage, and is composed, according to my experience, of dry grass sparingly lined with fibres. It is large ; one I measured in situ was 8 inches in height and 7 inches in diameter. The vertical diameter of the cavity was 4 inches and the horizontal 3.1/2.”
Another nest found by Gammie is described as “a large, loose pad of fine grass and dead fern, with a few broad flag-like grass- leaves incorporated toward the base, and overhung by a canopy of similar materials.”
Nests taken by Primrose and Stevens agree with the above descriptions. The birds seem to be very early breeders. Gammie found young hatched the last week in April, whilst Osmaston took eggs as early as the 9th April. It probably, however, continues to breed through May and June or it may have two broods, for Gammie and Stevens both obtained nests with eggs in the middle and end of June.
The full number of eggs seems to be always three and they call for no remark beyond the fact that short broad ovals, almost ellipses, are not rare in the eggs of all the subspecies of erythrogenys.
Twenty eggs average 28.2 x 20.6 mm. : maxima 30.4 x 21.8 mm. ; minima 27.0 x 20.1 and 27.5 x 20.0 mm.

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 1. 1932.
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220. Pomatorhinus erythrogenys haringtoni
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Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Baker's Rusty Cheeked Scimitar Babbler
Black-necklaced Scimitar Babbler
Pomatorhinus erythrocnemis
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