728. Tephrodornis gularis annectens

(728 b) Tephrodornis gularis annectens Kloss.
Tephrodornis pelvica annectens Kloss, Journ. Fed. Malay States, vol. viii. p. 222, 1918.
Tephrodornis gularis annectens Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. viii, p. 635.
This Wood-Shrike is found, according to Kloss, from South Tenasserim as far as Perles in the Malay States. In the ‘Fauna’ I did not admit this race, as it seemed to me that, though some individuals appeared to be intermediate between pelvica and true gularis, it was merely a case of an intermediate form occurring in the intermediate country linking the two together. Kloss, with more material at his command for comparison, considers it a sufficiently stable form within the limits given by him to be worthy of specific rank.
I can find no record of it breeding beyond the single reference in Hume’s ‘Nests and Eggs’ to an egg taken “from the oviduct of a female shot by Davison on the 26th March 1874, near Tavoy in Tenasserim. The egg is rather a handsome one—very Shrike-like in its character, but rather small for the size of the bird. In shape it is a broad oval, very slightly compressed towards one end. The shell is fine and compact, but has no gloss. The ground is white, with the faintest possible greenish tinge. The markings are bold, but except at the large end not very dense—spots and blotches of a light clear brown, and (chiefly at the large end) some¬what pale inky grey. Where the two colours overlap each other, then the result of the mixture is a dark dusky brown, so that the markings appear to be of three colours. Fully half the markings are gathered into a broad conspicuous but very broken and irregular zone about the broad end. The egg measured only 0.86 by 0.69” (=about 23.8 x 16.3 mm.).

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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728. Tephrodornis gularis annectens
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Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Tenasserim Wood-shrike
Tephrodornis virgatus annectens
Vol. 2

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