219. Pomatorhinus erythrogenys erythrogenys

(219) Pomatorhinus erythrogenys erythrogenys Vigors.
Pomatorhinus erythrogenys erythrogenys, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 220.
How far West this Scimitar-Babbler breeds is not yet definitely known, though Hume gives the Beas as the boundary in this direction. It is common from Mussoorie to the Simla States and extends to the Garhwal Hills, the birds of which are nearly always identical with those of Simla .
It breeds much more in the open than is usual with birds of this genus and a favourite position for the nest seems to be some grass-covered hill-side near forest, where they are built on the ground under a rock or under the shelter of a bush or tussock of grass. At other times it is placed in scrub-jungle or in scrub and bamboo whilst, at others again, it may be placed in thin forest.
Round Naini Tal Whymper obtained most of his nests at about 5,000 feet but Jones took them at 7,000 feet and upwards round Simla and Rattray took them near Mussoorie at about 6,000. Where especially protected by thick foliage or projecting rock above the nest is deep cup-shaped but, otherwise, it is domed and made of the usual materials.
They breed from early April to the end of June and it would appear that this species does not have two broods in the year.
Thirty eggs average 27.9 x 20.3 mm. : maxima 31.0 x 20.3 and 28.3 x 23.0 mm. ; minima 25.6 x 19.1 and 27.0 x 18.9 mm.
In the ‘Fauna,’ by a lapsus calami, Garhwal is given as the habitat of haringtoni. It is possible that three races will have eventually to be recognized and ferrugilatus of Hodgson revived for the Nepal birds, which are intermediate between the Sikkim and Simla races.

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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219. Pomatorhinus erythrogenys erythrogenys
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Vigorss Rusty Cheeked Scimitar Babbler
Pomatorhinus erythrogenys erythrogenys
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