282. Cyanoderma erythropterum erythropterum

(282) Cyanoderma erythropterum erythropterum (Blyth).
Cyanoderma erythroptera erythroptera, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 271.
The range of this bird just comes within our limits in the extreme South of Tenasserim, whence it extends through the Malay Peninsula to Sumatra.
This also appears to be a Babbler of scrub- and bamboo-jungles rather than of forest, though it is sometimes found in the latter also.
Davison found its nest at Bankasoon on the 23rd of April but the eggs had not been laid. The nest “was a ball composed of dry reed-leaves, about 6 inches in diameter, externally, with an aperture on one side, very like that of Mixornis rubricapillus, placed in a bush about 4 feet high, and not on the ground.”
A nest with two eggs taken by Hopwood and Mackenzie is described as follows :—“ Nest about 3 feet up, in arcane running horizontally. Semi-domed and made entirely of bamboo leaves, compactly but untidily put together and lined very scantily and roughly with a few fine grass stalks. It measured about 3.1/2 inches in all dimensions.”
Eggs were taken by the Waterstradt expedition, while Kellow also took a nest for me near Perak with two eggs. This nest was apparently just like that found by Hopwood but measured about 7 by 5 inches and was very loosely constructed, though built of the same materials. The female was caught on this nest and may have loosened the walls and top before measurement.
Of the seven eggs in my collection, the two taken by Hopwood are pure white ; the other five have the same glossy white ground but are freely speckled with dark brick-red, in one clutch of two the marks being rather larger and distributed sparsely over the whole surface, whilst in a clutch of three they are smaller spots and more numerous at the larger end, where they form indefinite rings.
The seven eggs average 17.6 x 13.5 mm. ; the largest is 17.1 x 14.0 mm. and the smallest 16.1 x 12.9 mm.

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 1. 1932.
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282. Cyanoderma erythropterum erythropterum
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Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Malay Red Winged Babbler
Stachyris erythroptera erythroptera
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