105. Psittiparus ruflceps bakeri

(105) Psittiparus ruficeps bakeri (Hartert).
Psittiparus ruficeps bakeri, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 117.
This Parrot-Bill is extremely common in Assam, South of the Brahmapootra, from the Khasia Hills to the extreme East, whence it is found still further East to Yunnan and South to Tenasserim. In Assam it occurs from the foot-hills and even the plains immedi¬ately adjacent to them up to at least 6,000 and probably up to 8,000 feet in the Naga Hills. In the foot-hills they seem to breed principally in the vast stretches of Elephant-grass at the edge of the plains or in the smaller reed-beds which run up between the hills. A little higher, say between 1,500 and 2,500 feet, they haunt wet ground in forest- or bamboo-jungle where reeds and scrub grow. Above this height they frequent bamboo-jungle, scrub, secondary growth and both light and heavy forest. In the highest elevations I have found them in real virgin evergreen forest of mighty trees, dense undergrowth and cool humid, atmosphere. Wherever they may breed, however the nest does not alter. It may be placed in a small sapling in evergreen forest, in a clump of bamboo in bamboo-jungle or among reeds and canes in the sweltering swamps but always it will be the same very neat compact cup already described as being made by the preceding bird. In the low country they breed in April and May but the dense ekra-covered swamps are hard to search and though one may catch a brief glimpse of a small red-headed, fluffy-looking bird and may hear the constant snapping of their bills as they move about, they are hard to watch on to a nest and so few of the latter are found. Above 2,000 feet they breed in May and June though I have taken eggs as early as the last week in April and as late as the end of July.
The eggs are, of course, quite the same as those of the Sikkim bird.
Forty-seven eggs average 21.5 x 16.7 mm. : maxima 23.3 x 16.9 and 22.6 x 17.4 mm. ; minima 18.4 x 16.8 and 20.1 x 15.9 mm.
This bird also lays two to four eggs but two is, undoubtedly, the number most often laid, three less often and four quite excep¬tionally. The parent bird does not sit very close but soon returns to the nest and is very fussy when any person or animal is anywhere near it.

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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105. Psittiparus ruflceps bakeri
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Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Assam Red Headed Parrot Bill
Rufous-headed Parrotbill
Psittiparus bakeri
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