106. Psittiparus gularis gularis

(106) Psittiparus gularis gularis (Gray).
Psittiparus gularis gularis, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 118.
The range of this Parrot-Bill’s breeding area extends from Sikkim to Eastern Assam, North of the Brahmapootra. Birds from East Lakhimpur I place with this form with some hesitation but they seem nearer to the Northern than to the Southern race. Very little is known of the breeding of the typical form of Grey-headed Parrot-Bill. Mandelli took one nest with two eggs, of which the nest and one egg were sent to Hume and are described twice over by Oates in Hume’s ‘ Nests and Eggs.’ Mandelli describes the nest, which was taken on the 17th of May, at 8,000 feet in Native Sikkim, as follows :—
“It was placed in a fork amongst the branches of a medium sized tree at a height of about 30 ft. from the ground. The nest is a very massive cup, composed of soft grass blades, none of them exceeding 1 inch in width, wound round and round together very closely and compactly, and then tied over exteriorly everywhere, but not thickly, with just enough wool and wild silk to keep the nest perfectly strong and firm. Inside the nest is lined with extremely fine grass-stems ; the nest is barely 4 inches in diameter exteriorly and 2.5 in height ; the egg cavity is 2.4 in diameter and 1.2 in depth.”
Coltart and I never took the nest in Margherita but we had it brought to us by Nagas of the Patkoi Range and it must have been fairly common about 5,000 feet elevation during the breeding season.
The only other clutch I know is one taken by Stevens in the Miri-Dapla Hills but the nest was not described. It was apparently taken on the 2nd April at about 3,000 feet. The eggs are of the clay-coloured type of those of the Red-headed Parrot-Bill and could be matched exactly by some of both these and of the Burmese Grey-headed Parrot-Bill.
They measure from 20.5 x 15.0 to 20.8 x 15.5 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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106. Psittiparus gularis gularis
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Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Grey Headed Parrot Bill
Psittiparus gularis gularis
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