199. Pomatorhinus schisticeps schisticeps

(199) Pomatorhinus schisticeps schisticeps Hodgs.
Pomatorhinus schisticeps schisticeps, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 206.
The typical form of Slaty-headed Scimitar-Babbler is found all along the lower hills at the base of the Himalayas from Nepal to Eastern Assam, descending to, but apparently not breeding in, the adjacent plains. Stevens says that it is confined to the foot-hills, by which he means anything under 3,800 feet, at which height Shaw obtained it near Mangpu.
Mandelli and Gammie both found nests of this species in the Darjiling District. The nests are described as saucer-shaped, not domed, rather shallow, measuring from 5.5 to 6.5 inches in diameter by between 2.5 and 3 inches in depth, with an egg-cavity of, roughly, 3.5 by 1.5 inches. They were built of grass, leaves and bits of fem-fronds lined with finer grass, in some cases this being very fine. A nest found by Gammie was actually on the ground among low jungle and, in this instance also, the nest was lined “with some soft fibrous material obtained from the bark of some tree.”
Mandelli’s nests were placed “on or near the ground in brushwood or grass.”
The breeding season lasts from the first week in April to the last week in June.
The full clutch of eggs numbers three or four. They are, as are all other eggs of this genus, pure white. In texture thay are fine and close but decidedly thin and fragile in proportion to their size. They have a distinct gloss but this is more of a satiny sheen rather than the hard china gloss of Woodpeckers’ eggs and, in some lights, the gloss or sheen is hardly perceptible. In shape they are rather long ovals, distinctly compressed at the smaller end, though the small end itself is generally obtuse and only rarely really pointed.
Nine eggs average 24.9 x 19.0 mm.

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 1. 1932.
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199. Pomatorhinus schisticeps schisticeps
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Slaty Headed Scimitar Babbler
Pomatorhinus schisticeps schisticeps
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