204. Pomatorhinus olivaceus olivaceus

(204) Pomatorhinus olivaceus olivaceus Blyth.
Pomatorhinus olivaceus olivaceus, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 209.
In the ‘Fauna of India,’ supra, I have given the range of this Babbler as from Tenasserim South to the Malay Peninsula. Robinson and Kloss, however, accept Hartert’s subspecies fastidiosus, which, with the material available, I was unable to separate from true olivaceus ; moreover, Blyth distinctly says that his olivaceus comes from the Province of Ye in Tenasserim, so that fastidiosus is merely a synonym of olivaceus and the Southern bird, if separable, would require a new name.
Hopwood observed this Babbler breeding in Tavoy and obtained two nests, one containing three and one four eggs, on the 7th and 3rd of March respectively.
The nests he describes as “very neat domed nests of bamboo leaves, neatly lined with grass. “One of these was placed in a crevice among the roots of a tree, the other on the ground under a clump of bamboos. Both were found in a Ponzo, or deserted cultivation, thickly overgrown with scrub- and bamboo-jungle, together with here and there a few odd trees.”
Davison also obtained the nest at Pakchan and gives a fuller description of it:—“ It was placed on the ground at the foot of a small screw pine, growing in thick bamboo jungle ; it was a large globular structure composed externally of dry bamboo leaves, and well secreted by the mass of dried bamboo leaves that surrounded it, and if I had not seen the bird leave it, it would most undoubtedly have remained undiscovered. Externally it was about a foot in length by about a foot in height, but it was impossible to take any accurate measurement, as the nest had really no marked external definition. Internally was a lining about half an inch thick, composed of thin strips of dried bark, fibres, etc. The entrance was to one side, circular, and measuring about 2.5 in diameter ; the egg cavity measured about 4 inches deep by about 3 in height.
“In the nest were three pure-white ovato-pyriform eggs.”
The seven eggs taken by Hopwood average 24.9 x 18.9 mm. : maxima 26.1 x 19.4 mm. ; minima 23.8 x 18.9 and 25.6 x 18.0 mm

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 1. 1932.
Title in Book: 
204. Pomatorhinus olivaceus olivaceus
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Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Common name: 
Tenasserim Scimitar Babbler
Pomatorhinus schisticeps olivaceus
Vol. 1

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