223. Pomatorhinus erythrogenys imberbis

(223) Pomatorhinus erythrogenys imberbis Salvadori.
Pomatorhinus erythrogenys imberbis, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 222.
P. e. imberbis breeds from the Ruby Mines District in Upper Burma, through Karenni to Tenasserim.
The only note I can find on the nidification of this Scimitar- Babbler is that of Cook (Journ. Bomb. Nat. Hist. Soc. vol. xxii, p. 262, 1913), which I quote in full:—
“Fairly common, but not so common as the last species, ripponi, although being found in much the same kind of country [grass¬lands]. Curiously enough I found this bird’s nest within a few feet of the nest of P. ripponi, although on a different date. Both were found in a small patch of thin grass and a little scrub-jungle, one of the few of such-like that had not been burnt. Cattle were regularly grazed over it and much of the grass had been trampled down. It is a marvel the nests had not been destroyed before I had the good fortune to find them.
“The nest of P. imberbis was constructed very much like that of P. ripponi, but larger and rather more clumsily built of coarse broad grass-stems and lined with fine grass. When first found the nest contained only one egg, which I left in hopes of obtaining a full clutch ; but, though I waited until the solitary egg was almost incubated, no more were added.
“The parent bird was very cunning in its attempt to elude detection on leaving its nest. The first occasion on which I approached the nest I saw something brown scuttle away through the grass, which I mistook for a squirrel, but this, after it had gone some way, I discovered was the bird, its tail trailing on the ground. I made a second attempt to shoot the bird off its nest, but it eluded me, and I eventually had to wait and shoot it as it stealthily and cautiously returned."
The single egg measures 26.6 x 20.4 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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223. Pomatorhinus erythrogenys imberbis
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Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Salvadoris Scimitar Babbler
Pomatorhinus erythrogenys imberbis
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