217. Pomatorhinus ochraceiceps austeni

(217) Pomatorhinus ochraceiceps austeni Hume.
Pomatorhinus ochraceiceps austeni, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 218.
Very little is known of the distribution and nidification of this Babbler. It was discovered in Manipur and I saw three birds, all trapped on their nests, obtained on the high range of hills on the Jiri Valley, the boundary between Manipur and the Cachar Hills, one of these being on the Cachar side.
The three nests found by me were all placed on the ground, practically covered by the fallen leaves and other debris, in deep evergreen forest at an elevation of a little over 5,000 feet. They were built on sloping grass and moss-covered banks, one well screened and covered by a tangle of bracken and Jasmine, one among some Raspberry vines and one under a densely foliaged bush, the name of which I do not know. The forest was on very rocky and broken ground and in all directions boulders, great and small, broke up the undergrowth, whilst in some places the hills were so sheer that it was only a Serow which could negotiate them in any comfort. The nests themselves were the usual oval balls made of broad strips of grass, rather dark, rotten and fragile, broken dead fronds and a few roots, very loosely and untidily put together. Directly I took the nest up it fell to pieces, leaving the inner cup of rather coarse roots with a lining of still finer roots.
This was on the 19th June, the nest containing four eggs. Later, but on the Manipur side of the Jiri, I found two more nests on the 27th June, each containing three hard-set eggs. The birds returned to their nests within a few minutes of our hiding and were all caught in nooses.
The four eggs of the first nest average 27.5 x 19.4 mm. The eggs in the other nests were much smaller but I have not got their measurements.

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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217. Pomatorhinus ochraceiceps austeni
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Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Humes Scimitar Babbler
Pomatorhinus ochraceiceps austeni
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