1047. Pyrrhula nipalensis nipalensis

(1047) Pyrrhula nipalensis nipalensis Hodgs.
Pyrrhula nipalensis nipalensis, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iii, p. 112.
With sufficient material for comparison I have no doubt the present subspecies will have to be split up into two or even three more geographical races. For the present I retain all under the above name, with a range from Gilgit to Eastern Assam, and thence to Fokhien and Kuatun in China.
They are birds of Fir-forests at elevations between 9,000 feet and the tree limit. Jones obtained specimens in September at Baghi and Kambor Dhar at 10,000 feet, at which places they probably breed, but no one has succeeded in finding nests in the Simla or adjoining States.
The only eggs ever taken were obtained by Mr. P. Morrison, from whom I received a small collection of eggs taken at Darjiling and round about that station. Among these were three nests and eggs said to be those of this Bullfinch and which were, I think, correctly identified. They were all three taken in the last week of August 1882, containing 3, 2 and 1 egg respectively. The nests were all placed in stunted Firs, between 5 and 8 feet from the ground, which the collector called Fir-bushes. In appearance they were not unlike those of the English Bullfinch, rather neat but bulky cups of grass, twigs and coarse roots, with a little dry moss woven in with the rest and a little moss, said to have been green when the nests were, taken, on the outside. The lining in all three was of roots, rather fine and black in colour.
The eggs are like those of the Red-headed Bullfinch hut still duller in colour, possibly due to their age and not having been kept excluded from light.
The six eggs average 20.0 x 15.1 mm. ; maxima 20.8 x 15.0 and 20.2 x 15.4 mm, ; minima 18.6 x 15.0 mm.

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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1047. Pyrrhula nipalensis nipalensis
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Brown Bullfinch
Pyrrhula nipalensis nipalensis
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