890. Seicercus burkii tephrocephalus

(890) Seicercus burkii tephrocephalus (Anderson).
Seicercus burkii tephrocephalus, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. ii, p. 488.
This race is found practically throughout the hills of Burma, though how far South it extends is not yet known. It occurs also in Siam and Annam.
So far as I know the nests of this bird have only been taken by Venning and Harington.
The former gives the following account of the nidification (Journ. Bomb. Nat. Hist. Soc. vol. xxi, p. 629, 1912):— “Nest taken and bird netted on it by me on 21st May, 1910. Nest was found on the ground near the top of a small bank about eighteen inches high and was well concealed by an overhanging tuft of grass and some herbaceous leaves. It was a largish, oval-shaped, domed structure, composed outside of coarse grasses loosely laid together, the entrance being on one side and well overhung. Inside it was lined with very soft moss and thistle-down, the moss well separated before being made into a compact cushion. The dimensions were : outside height 6 inches, back to front 4.1/2 inches, side to side 4 inches. Diameter of entrance about 1 inch. Interior diameter about 1.1/2 inches. Depth of cup from edge of entrance 1 inch. Eggs four, pure white.”
Harington had already taken nests of this bird at Sinlum. A clutch of five given to me by him was taken from a nest described as “globular, outside coarse grass and moss, then a pad of moss, and inside this a lining of cotton-down. It was placed on the ground in among grass, weeds and bracken at about 5,000 feet.”
The eggs are, of course, exactly like those of the last bird.
Eleven eggs, all I have been able to measure, average 15.3 x 12.3 mm. : maxima 15.9 x 12.0 and 15.1 x 13.1 mm. ; minima 15.1 x 12.1 mm.
Nests so far have been taken only between the 9th April and 19th May.

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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890. Seicercus burkii tephrocephalus
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Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Andersons Flycatcher Warbler
Grey-crowned Warbler
Seicercus tephrocephalus
Vol. 2

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