368. Thringorhina oglei Godw#NAME?

(368) Thringorhina oglei (Godw.-Aust.).
THE GOLDEN-CROWNED BABBLER.
Thringorhina oglei, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 262.
Nothing is known or recorded about this bird except its discovery by Godwin-Austen at Manbhoom Tila above Sadiya. Neither Dr. Coltart nor I ever saw the bird at Margherita, though it was evidently a common bird on the Patkoi Range, thence extending all round Eastern Lakhimpur to the hills North of Sadiya. It is probably a bird of high ranges, coming down somewhat lower in Winter. Several nests and eggs were brought to Dr. H. N. Coltart and myself by the wild Nagas living to the East of Margherita in villages at about 6,000 feet or higher. In each case the nests and eggs were accompanied by one or both parent birds ; all the nests and eggs agreed perfectly with one another and we could see no reason for questioning their authenticity. The bird in each instance was noosed on the nest and, in one case, a bird was brought in with the noose still round her neck, with the other end on the nest, as when caught.
According to the Nagas, the nests are large globular affairs with the entrance close to the ground. The materials consist principally of bamboo-leaves, more or less mixed with roots, twigs, dead leaves and a little dry moss. They are said to be placed on the ground under bushes in rocky ravines running through forest, but one was said to heve been taken from a ravine, close to a village, and covered with dense scrub. This particular nest came from a village at full 6,000 feet and it would appear as if these birds haunt valleys in between the higher hills, though Manbhoom Tila, where it also occurs, is about 10,000 feet high.
The eggs are pure white and very similar to those of the Pomatorhini, only rather more fragile in proportion to their size. The texture is fine and smooth, the surface slightly glossy, more so in some than in others.
Fifteen eggs average 22.8 x 17.1 mm. : maxima 24.0 x 17.4 and 23.5 x 18.0 mm. ; minima 21.5 x 16.0 mm.
The earliest nest brought to us was on the 18th April and the latest on the 22nd May, so they are probably very early breeders. In each instance the eggs and nests were taken about three days, or less, earlier than they were handed over to us. The Nagas lived two marches distant from Margherita and their custom was to spend the day previous to their coming down to the plains in catching birds on their nests. These they brought to Dr. Coltart and the proceeds helped them with their purchases in the bazaar. Like all Nagas, they had a most intimate knowledge of wild life, and their lesser sin of cutting off each others heads did not seem to include the greater civilized sins of cheating and lying, so that we could depend on them to tell us the truth, about the nests and eggs. The date they were taken we could tell exactly, as with each nest was a slip of bamboo with a notch for each day passing after it had been taken.

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: 
368. Thringorhina oglei Godw#NAME?
Spp Author: 
Rufalatham.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
368
Year: 
1932
Page No: 
224
Common name: 
Golden-crowned Babbler
M_ID: 
24287
M_CN: 
Snowy-throated Babbler
M_SN: 
Stachyris oglei
Volume: 
Vol. 1
Term name: 
id: 
13466

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