620. Laiscopus collaris whymperi

(620 a) Laiscopus collaris whymperi Stuart Baker.
THE GARHWAL ACCENTOR.
Laiscopus collaris nipalensis, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. ii, p. 188 (part.).
Laiscopus collaris whymperi, ibid. vol. viii, p. 625.
In February 1915 I described this new race on three specimens obtained by Mr. S. L. Whymper in Garhwal, one of the distinguishing features being a rufous tinge. This tinge was shown to be due to make-up, and I suppressed this race in the second volume of the ‘Fauna,’ pending further material being obtained to show that the supposed differences held good. Whistler later obtained more material and shows that my other characters do hold good, and the race must, therefore, be maintained (Ibis, 1926, p. 561).
The range, apparently, of this race must be extended from the Garhwal Hills to Kashmir and Lahul, where the birds breed at very high elevations between 13,000 and 15,000 feet. The first collector, so far as I am aware, to take its eggs was Whymper, who notes as follows (Journ. Bomb. Nat. Hist. Soc. vol. xx, p. 1159, 1911) :—
Two nests were found with two and three eggs on June 27th and July 4th, both in precisely similar positions, being placed well under flat stones, at nearly 15,000 feet. The nests were beautifully made of moss throughout, no other material being used. The eggs were, of course, blue and unspotted. Later on several nests with young were seen.”
Whymper writes me, in epistola “Two seems to be the normal clutch, as I saw many nests with two young. All the nests were placed under stones except one which was built under a ledge of rock.”
B. B. Osmaston also found it breeding in Kashmir and writes (Journ. Bomb. Nat. Hist. Soc. vol. xxxi, p. 986, 1913):—“This species is found at high elevations in Kashmir in summer, breeding in precipitous ground above the tree limit at altitudes of 12,000 and upwards. It is also found in Ladakh at even higher elekations.
“A pair were seen above the Gangabal Lake, near Hara Mukh Mountain, on August 13th. They had a brood of well-fledged young, fully a month old. Another pair were seen below the Khardang Pass above Leh on July 23 at 16,500'.”
Whymper’s eggs, now in my collection, and another clutch of three- taken on the 8th July, are of the usual dark blue of the Hedge- Sparrow’s eggs and in shape are ovals, a little pointed at the small end. They vary in measurement between 23.3 x 16.9 and 22.1 x 16.0 mm.

BookTitle: 
The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Reference: 
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 2. 1933.
Title in Book: 
620. Laiscopus collaris whymperi
Spp Author: 
Stuart baker.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
620
Year: 
1933
Page No: 
163
Common name: 
Garhwal Accentor
M_ID: 
30255
M_SN: 
Prunella collaris whymperi
Volume: 
Vol. 2
Term name: 
id: 
13777

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