1313. Anaimos percussus ignicapillus

(1313) Anaimos percussus ignicapillus (Eyton).
Prionochilus ignicapillus, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iii, p. 437.
Anaimos ignicapillus, ibid. vol. viii, p. 668.
This beautiful little Flower-pecker only occurs within our limits in Tenasserim, whence it extends throughout the Malay States to Sumatra and Borneo. East it is found in South-West Siam. So far as is recorded it is a bird of forest and well-wooded areas and breeds on high trees.
The only nest of which I have any record is one taken by Major J. C. Moulton on the 23rd April at Kuching, Sarawak, Borneo, which he sent me with the one egg it contained. The nest in composition, shape etc. is halfway between those of Dicoeum and those of Piprisoma. The shape is very much like that of the nest of Dicoeum but more pear-shaped and less oval, the upper end being drawn out where it is fastened to the pendent twig. There is no porch, but the entrance has a protruding rim all round just like that generally present in the neats of Piprisoma. The chief material used is a reddish down, less compacted than in the nests of that bird yet much more closely than in the nests of Dicoeum. It is further lined with fine roots etc., and all over outside there are decorations of caterpillar excretae, scraps of lichen, moss, roots etc., just as in the nests of Leptocoma but much more neatly arranged. The lining is a pad of the same soft red vegetable-down as that composing the walls of the nest.
The measurements are externally nearly 4 inches high by 2.3/4 broad, internally about 2 by 2 inches.
The circular entrance is about an inch in diameter. It was said to have been attached to the end of a branch of a weed about 6 feet from the ground.
The single egg in the neat is pure white, not greyiah-white as the eggs of Dicoeum, but of the same texture. It measures 13.1 x 10.0 mm.
* Kloss considers ignicapillus to be only a race of A. percussus Temm., 1826. This seems to be quite correct.

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 3. 1934.
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1313. Anaimos percussus ignicapillus
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Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Malayan Crimson Breasted Flower Pecker
Prionochilus percussus ignicapilla
Vol. 3

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