221. Pomatorhinus erythrogenys macclellandi

(221) Pomatorhinus erythrogenys macclellandi Jerdon.
THE ASSAM RUSTY-CHEEKED SCIMITAR-BABBLER.
Pomatorhinus erythrogenys macclellandi, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 221.
This Scimitar-Babbler is found throughout the hill-ranges South of the Brahmapootra in Assam, ranging into the Chin Hills and Manipur. It breeds at all elevations between 2,500 and 6,000 feet, quite possibly still higher in the Naga Hills, but it is most common between 3,000 and 4,500 feet.
Although it is to be obtained in all kinds of forest, the thickest and dampest as well as the lightest and driest, it seems to prefer scrub-jungle or patches of secondary growth in deserted cultivation surrounded by heavy forest. I also found it partial to narrow strips of bamboo-jungle on the banks of the hill-streams and dividing these from the dense humid forest. On the other hand I never found them in the wide stretches of open grass-land to the North and North-East of the Cachar Hills, though I found many nests built among bush, bracken and grass either in, or just outside, Pine forest in the Khasia Hills. In the Chin Hills they are very abundant, Mackenzie taking ten nests between the 6th and 16th May, 1913. Here they were building in bamboo-thickets and in the growth in abandoned clearings. Venning took nests of this Scimitar-Babbler in the Chin Hills in April and remarks that they were “situated on sloping ground under some bramble sprays and well hidden among Canna leaves and woody herbs.”
The nest is the usual domed affair of grass, bamboo-leaves etc. and calls for no detailed description.
The breeding season throughout its range seems to be April, May and June, whilst the number of eggs laid is either three or four, as often one as the other.
Forty eggs average 26.5 x 19.3 mm. : maxima 28.4 x 20.4 mm. ; minima 24.0 x 19.1 and 25.8 X 18.3 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: 
221. Pomatorhinus erythrogenys macclellandi
Spp Author: 
Jerdon.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
221
Year: 
1932
Page No: 
183
Common name: 
Mcclellands Scimitar Babbler
M_ID: 
24179
M_CN: 
Spot-breasted Scimitar Babbler
M_SN: 
Pomatorhinus mcclellandi
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
13424

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