893. Seieercus poliogenys

(893) Seicercus poliogenys (Blyth).
Seicercus poliogenys, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. ii, p. 491.
The Grey-cheeked Flycatcher-Warbler is found all along the Himalayas from Sikkim to Eastern Assam and Manipur and has also been recorded from Yunnan.
Gammie took a nest of this bird in Sikkim at 6,000 feet and. I found it not uncommon in the forests of the hills South of the Brahmapootra between 4,000 feet and the tops of the hills, i. e., about 6,200, but in the Naga Hills it possibly breeds up to 7,000 feet. Stevens observed it round about Gopaldhara, at 4,700 feet, “in moderate numbers,” but also records it from the Singili-La Ridge in April and May at 10,000 feet on Kalo Pokhari.
It frequents exactly the same kind of country as the last species and, so far as my experience goes, the same sites for its nests. Gammie, however, records a very different one :—“A nest of the Grey-headed Flycatcher-Warbler, taken on the 8th May in large forest, at 6,000 feet, contained three hard-set eggs. It was suspended to a snag among the moss growing on the stem of a small tree at 5 feet up. The moss supported it more than did the snag. It is a solid cup-shaped structure, made of green moss and lined with fine roots. Externally it measures inches across and 2.1/4 deep ; internally 2 inches wide and 1.3/4 deep.”
I confess I doubt this nest, for I have seen at least a dozen, and none of these was anything like it. All those I have seen were balls of moss and grass, the latter material scanty and sometimes, wanting, measuring 4 inches or more vertically and horizontally. In every case the lining was a felt-like pad of matted moss and moss-roots without any extra lining of fur, down, or feathers. Nearly all the nests were placed on the ground among moss, weeds, bracken etc., or between moss-covered stones and boulders. One nest only was in a hole in an old twisted stump of a Rhododendron, entirely concealed in a thick growth of moss and orchids.
The breeding season is May and June and I have seen no eggs laid very early or very late.
The eggs, usually four in number, are quite typical and very glossy.
Forty eggs average 15.8 x 12.5 mm. : maxima 18.0 x 12.3 and 16.3 x 13.0 mm. ; minima 15.0 x 11.2 mm.
Both sexes share in the incubation.

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 2. 1933.
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893. Seieercus poliogenys
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Grey Cheeked Flycatcher Warbler
Grey-cheeked Warbler
Seicercus poliogenys
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