211. Pomatorhinus ferruginosus phayrei

(211) Pomatorhinus ferruginosus phayrei Blyth.
Pomatorhinus ferruginosus phayrei, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 214.
This bird breeds in great numbers between 3,000 and 5,000 feet in the Khasia Hills, Cachar Hills, Manipur and Chin Hills. It is also the form found on the Dikku and Patkoi Hills in the extreme South-East of Assam but the dividing line between this form and the typical in the different Naga ranges is not known.
It is, on the whole, a forest bird and in North Cachar keeps almost entirely to deep forest along streams, though it feeds much in bamboo- jungle and occasionally breeds in it. In the Khasia Hills it bred much more in the open and was especially fond of strips of grass mixed with bracken and odd shrubs on the outskirts of Pine forest. Here the nests were placed either on the ground where well drained, such as on banks or edges of ravines, or quite low down in scrubby bushes or tangled grass. In North Cachar, on the contrary, nests were generally on high pushes, sometimes as much as five or six feet from the ground, whilst once I have taken a nest from a sapling seven feet up and twice from bamboo-clumps at about the same height.
The nests seem to be all much alike, shaped like a Rugby football placed on its side with an untidy entrance either at the side or at the small end, generally the latter. Most nests measure roughly, externally 7 or 8 inches by 4.1/2 to 6 inches, the internal cup being 3, or a little over, each way. Bamboo-leaves placed criss-cross to one another in layers for the outside and fine bamboo or other roots, well interlaced, for the inner cup, describes two nests out of three. Some nests are made partly or principally of broad blades of grass, some have many fern and-bracken fronds used in their outer construction and a few have dead leaves, tendrils and weed-stems employed as a help to keep the other materials together.
The breeding season is a regular one, lasting through May and June ; occasional nests may be taken in the end of April or early July, whilst in Margherita we had one nest brought to us with the parent birds on the 3rd August.
The eggs number three or four, three more often than four, while every now and then five are laid.
Fifty eggs average 27.1 x 19.3 mm. : maxima 29.6 x 18.1 and 26.4 x 20.0 mm. ; minima 25.2 x 18.1 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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211. Pomatorhinus ferruginosus phayrei
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Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Phayres Coral Billed Scimitar Babbler
Pomatorhinus ferruginosus phayrei
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