285. Mixornis gularis pileata

Mixornis rubricapilla pileata, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 274.
Mixornis gularis pileata, ibid. vol. viii, p. 604.
This, the third form of Yellow-breasted Babbler, occurs through¬out peninsular Tenasserim and Siam.
Davison first found this Babbler breeding in Tavoy and wrote to Hume as follows:—“ At a small village, called Shymootee, about 7 miles from the town of Tavoy, and very slightly above sea-level, say 50 feet, I found on the 6th May, 1874, a nest of this species. The nest was placed in a dense clump of a very thorny plant (somewhat like a Pine-apple bush) about a foot from the ground ; it was not particularly well concealed. The nest was built of bamboo-leaves, and in general appearance was not unlike that of Ochromela nigrorufa ; but the egg-cavity was very shallow, so that by moving aside an overhanging leaf the eggs were distinctly visible.”
Hopwood and Mackenzie took quite a good series of the nests and eggs in Tenasserim. The latter describes one nest taken by him twenty miles East of Mergui on the 17th March :—“ The nest was placed about 4 feet high in a bamboo clump. It was domed and made entirely of bamboo leaves with a slight lining, first of grass stems and, inside that, black fungus tendrils. This seems to be the usual site for the Mixornis nests, whilst the nest was quite typical of all I took.”
One or two other nests are described as exactly like the above but placed in bushes instead of in bamboo-clumps.
The country selected seems always to be open scrub or bamboo jungle, quite often the birds breeding close to villages and altogether in its habits it seems to be much more familiar than our Indian birds.
Nests with eggs were found from the 23rd February and thence onward through March, April and May, whilst the latest was taken on the 11th July, perhaps a second laying.
The eggs are just like those of the other races, though there is in my series one set of three taken by Hopwood which has the ground-colour quite pink, the markings consisting of numerous tiny specks of reddish-pink scattered equally over the whole surface. Another clutch, taken by Mackenzie, has a ring of small deep red blotches round the larger end.
Twenty-five eggs average 16.9 x 13.1 mm. : maxima 18.2 x 13.3 and 17.2 x 14.0 mm. ; minima 15.3 x 12.8 and 16.4 x 12.3 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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285. Mixornis gularis pileata
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Malay Yellow Breasted Babbler
Chestnut-capped Babbler
Timalia pileata
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