496. Saxicola torquata przewalskii

(496) Saxicola torquata przewalskii (Pleske).
THE TURKESTAN BUSH-CHAT.
Saxicola torquata przewalskii, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. ii, p. 30.
This Eastern form of the Indian Bush-Chat breeds in Eastern Tibet and probably throughout the higher ranges of hills in Yunnan, Western China, the Kachin Hills, Bhamo Hills and Shan States. Almost certainly, also, the birds found breeding in the Naga Hills should be referred to this race. Again, though its nests and eggs have never actually been taken in the Chin Hills, a Bush-Chat breeds in some of the higher ranges, which also will probably be found to be of this race. Schonwetter says that all the breeding birds of Eastern Turkestan are of this race, that it is very common and that many nests were taken by Najiroff near Naryn, of which he kindly sent me a clutch.
Major Stanley Pershouse took the nest of a Bush-Chat in the Bhamo Hills near Sinlum Kaba, at about 6,000 feet, containing hard-set eggs on the 6th April, on which same date a year previously J. P. Cook had also taken a nest containing five fresh eggs at Monywa ; a note on this nest reads :—“Nest a shallow pad of roots and grass lined with hair and some feathers and placed in a hollow in a bank under a thick root of a tree standing in sun-grass land.” These five eggs average 17.2 x 13.8 mm. and cannot be distinguished in any way from the most common type of egg of the Common Indian Bush-Chat.
The eggs given me by Schonwetter are the same in colour but are longer eggs, and average 18.7 x 13.25 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: 
496. Saxicola torquata przewalskii
Spp Author: 
Pleske
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
496
Year: 
1933
Page No: 
23
Common name: 
Turkestan Bush Chat
M_ID: 
28395
M_SN: 
Saxicola maurus przewalskii
Volume: 
Vol. 2
Term name: 
id: 
13673

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