624. Laiscopus himalayanus

(624) Laiscopus himalayanus Blyth.
THE ALTAI, or RUFOUS-BREASTED, HEDGE-SPARROW.
Laiscopus himalayanus, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. ii, p. 191.
The Rufous-breasted Accentor breeds from the Altai, Turkestan, Afghanistan, Baluchistan, Gilgit and Northern Kashmir, Ladak and probably Sikkim, to South-East Tibet. It certainly breeds in South-West Tibet, and I have had skins of birds sent me from Phari, Yatung and Rhamtso all obtained in Summer. It probably breeds at very high elevations, never under 10,000 feet, generally over 12,000, and often very much higher still. It must, however, be a very rare bird in South Tibet, as it was not met with on the Everest Expedition, nor did Ludlow meet with it round about Gyantse. The only two nests I have received of this bird were both from Yatung and taken at about 14,000 feet on the 7th May and the 4th July. One, containing four eggs, was built in a hollow at the base of a broken-down wall in among coarse grass and about six inches from the ground. The other, containing two eggs, was built at the base of a low, thorny bush, and also about six inches above the ground.
The two nests were typical Hedge-Sparrows’ nests, rather bulky, untidy cups of grass, more or less mixed with leaves, roots and fibre, and lined with wool. They measured, roughly, about 6 inches across the top by about 3.1/2 deep, whilst the egg-cavity was about 3 by 2 inches.
The eggs are normal Hedge-Sparrows’ eggs in colour, shape and texture.
Ten eggs average 22.2 x 15.7 mm. : maxima 34.0 x 15.6 and 22.6 x 17.1 mm. ; minima 20.7 x 15.0 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: 
624. Laiscopus himalayanus
Spp Author: 
Blyth.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
624
Year: 
1933
Page No: 
165
Common name: 
Altai Hedge Sparrow
M_ID: 
30260
M_CN: 
Altai Accentor
M_SN: 
Prunella himalayana
Volume: 
Vol. 2
id: 
13780

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