214. Pomatorhinus rufleollis ruflcollis

(214) Pomatorhinus ruflcollis ruflcollis Hodgs.
THE NEPAL RUFOUS-NECKED SCIMITAR-BABBLER.
Pomatorhinus ruficollis ruficollis, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 216.
The range of this Scimitar-Babbler is all along the outer lower hills of the Himalayas from Sikkim to Eastern Assam, North of the Brahmapootra.
Stevens (Journ. Bomb. Nat. Hist. Soc. vol. xix, p. 731, 1909) gives this bird an extraordinarily high elevation, recording it at 10,000 feet in Winter on the Singile La Ridge and 9,500 feet, where he shot a female.
He took several nests in Sikkim, of which, unfortunately, I can get no details. Primrose took a single nest with one egg near Darjiling, about 7,000 feet, and Osmaston obtained one with three eggs near Darjiling at 6,000 feet.
According to Hodgson this Scimitar-Babbler breeds in Central Nepal from April to June, making the usual globe-shaped nest of grass and bamboo-leaves, which it places in some thick bush or bamboo-clump. Gammie thus describes a nest he took at Rishap, 4,500 feet:โ€”โ€œ The nest was placed on the ground in open country, but partially concealed by overhanging grass and weeds and immediately adjoining a deep humid ravine with a dense undergrowth. The nest was composed of dry grass, fern, bamboo and other dry leaves, put loosely together and lined with a few fibres. In shape it was domed or hooded.โ€
Stevens says that it keeps very closely to dense undergrowth, either in forest or in secondary growth.
Thirteen eggs average 24.0 x 17. mm. : maxima 26.1 x 17.9 and 23.7 x 18.5 mm. minima 21.8 x 17.6 and 21.9 x 16.8 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: 
214. Pomatorhinus rufleollis ruflcollis
Spp Author: 
Hodgs.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
214
Year: 
1932
Page No: 
178
Common name: 
Nepal Rufous Necked Scimitar Babbler
M_ID: 
24209
M_SN: 
Pomatorhinus ruficollis ruficollis
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
13418

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