701. Leucocirca aureola burmanica

(701) Leucocirca aureola burmanica Hume.
THE BURMESE WHITE-BROWED FANTAIL FLYCATCHER.
Rhipidura aureola aureola, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. ii, p. 278. Leucocerca aureola burmanica, ibid. vol. viii, p. 634.
This Eastern race of the White-browed Flycatcher is extremely common in Assam South of the Brahmapootra, and extends thence South and East throughout Burma, the Shan States and West Siam. It is apparently found throughout the plains, as well as in all the hill ranges up to about 5,000 feet, and I found it breeding commonly at this height both in the Khasia and, though to a less extent, in the North Cachar Hills. It keeps less to open country and the vicinity of villages than does its Indian cousin, and may be found commonly in quite dense bamboo and scrub-jungle and even, sometimes, in fairly thick evergreen forest. In North Cachar I found it very numerous in the open park-like lands in the North of the district. Here scattered Oaks, some of great size, grew everywhere on the rolling hills. Under these, grass—green and short after the annual jungle-fires in April, four feet and more in height, withered and yellow by the following February and March—grew in the higher parts of the hills while, in the pockets, scrub-jungle, dense reeds and coarse sun-grass grew in pro¬fusion. Here the little Flycatcher was very numerous, hawking for insects in the open and breeding in the shelter of the scrub- jungle.
Its nest differs in no detail from that of the preceding bird but the site selected is more often a thin horizontal branch of some small sapling between 5 and 10 feet from the ground than a big bough of a larger tree. It also sometimes breeds in bamboo-clumps, from which I have taken several nests.
Most eggs are laid in May but I have taken eggs from the 26th April to the 3rd July.
The normal full clutch is three and it is but seldom only two are incubated ; on the other hand I have twice seen clutches of four eggs.
The eggs are quite inseparable from those of the Indian race, either individually or as a series.
One hundred eggs average 17.2 x 12.8 mm. : maxima 18.7 x 13.0 and 17.4 x 13.5 mm. ; minima 16.0 x 11.6 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: 
701. Leucocirca aureola burmanica
Spp Author: 
Hume.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
701
Year: 
1933
Page No: 
245
Common name: 
Burmese White Browed Fantail Flycatcher
M_ID: 
19700
M_SN: 
Rhipidura aureola burmanica
Volume: 
Vol. 2
Term name: 
id: 
13845

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