218. Pomatorhinus ochraceiceps

(218) Pomatorhinus ochraceiceps stenorhynchus Blyth.
Pomatorhinus ochraceiceps stenorhynchus, Fauna. B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 219.
This Scimitar-Babbler inhabits the hills of Assam South of the Brahmapootra between 5,000 and 8,000 feet, being found in the Cachar Hills next to the Naga Hills and thence North-East through the various ranges to the Trans-Dikku Nagas, East of Margherita. Southwards in Manipur and the extreme South-East of Cachar it is replaced by the preceding bird.
Nests of this bird have, I believe, only been taken by myself, and when I first took them I failed to distinguish between this form and austeni, having no material with which to compare them.
The description of one nest taken on 26th June, 1899, at about 6,000 feet, will suffice for most, though this particular nest might have been described as a cup, whilst all the others were truly domed.
The nest was placed on the ground at the foot of a tree growing in mixed tree- and scrub-jungle. It was composed principally of grass-stems, roots and bents, lined with darker and finer material of the same kind. Outside it was massed all about with dead bamboo-leaves, broad grass-blades and a few dead leaves of other plants. The materials were not badly put together, the nest in fact being rather stouter and better built than those of most Scimitar Babblers. At the same time there was no finish to the nest, all the materials, even those of the lining and inner part, sticking straight into the air. In shape it was a very deep cup measuring, excluding all the stray pieces and ends, about 8.1/2 inches deep by about 6 in diameter near the base, narrowing to about 5 inches at the opening at the top. Inside the cup measured about 7 inches deep by 4 wide.
Other nests closely resembled this except that they were ovals placed on their sides. Most were placed in undergrowth in forest but I have taken nests from thick secondary growth in clearings in forest and one I have taken from low down among creepers growing over an oak in Oak forest.
All my nests were taken in May and June at elevations above 5,000 feet, but in the Naga Hills they certainly breed up to 9,000 feet.
The eggs number three to five and differ in no way from other Scimitar-Babblers’ eggs.
Thirty eggs average 25.2 x 18.3 mm. : maxima 28.1 x 18.1 and 24.3 x 19.4 mm. ; minima 23.2 x 18.5 and 24.0 x 17.1 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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218. Pomatorhinus ochraceiceps
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Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Naga Hills Long Billed Scimitar Babbler
Red-billed Scimitar Babbler
Pomatorhinus ochraceiceps
Vol. 1

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