474. Sphenocichla roberti Godw#NAME?

(474) Sphenocichla roberti Godw.-Aust.
THE CACHAR WEDGE-BILLED WREN.
Sphenocichla roberti, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 461.
This curious Wren, more of a Creeper than a Wren in its habits, is found all along the ranges of hills South of the Brahmapootra and in Manipur but, apparently, is very rare everywhere. The farthest East we obtained it was from the Trans-Dikku Nagas in Lakhimpur, where a bird was brought to Coltart. I never saw it below about 5,000 feet and, so far as we know at present, it occurs above that elevation up to some 7,500 feet and probably much higher.
It keeps entirely to evergreen forest and, principally, to such as contains the largest trees found in the higher elevations.
I have seen but one nest of this bird but have had one or two others, exactly similar, brought in to me by Nagas on the Barail Range.
The one nest seen by me was taken on the 26th of May on Hengmai, Naga Hills, where it was first discovered by Godwin- Austen, just across the Cachar border, at about 6,000 feet. The nest, eggs and bird were brought in to me by a Naga, who after¬wards Showed me whence he had taken it. The nest consisted of a pad of moss on the top of a mass of fine grasses and a few tendrils, with no other lining than the soft moss. It was wedged behind a long hanging slip of bark on a very high tree and was about 20 feet from the ground. I sent the Naga up and he tore off the bark and brought it down for me to inspect, and I found sticking to it bits of the moss which had composed the nest.
It contained four eggs, pure white, broad, pointed ovals in, shape and very fragile for their size, this, doubtless, in part owing to the fact that they were very hard set.
These four eggs measure from 20.7 x 17.0 to 22.3 x 17.4 mm.

BookTitle: 
The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Reference: 
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 1. 1932.
Title in Book: 
474. Sphenocichla roberti Godw#NAME?
Spp Author: 
Godw.-aust.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
474
Year: 
1932
Page No: 
432
Common name: 
Cachar Wedge-billed Wren
M_ID: 
24261
M_CN: 
Cachar Wedge-billed Babbler
M_SN: 
Sphenocichla roberti
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
13651

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