192(a). Argya caudata eclipes

(192 a) Argya caudata eclipes Hume.
THE BALUCHISTAN BABBLER.
Argya caudata caudata, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 198 (part.).
Argya caudata eclipes, ibid. vol. viii, p. 60.
Ticehurst, who shows that this race should be recognized (Bull. B. O. C. vol. xlvi, p. 66, 1926), gives it the following distri¬bution and, as it is a resident bird, it will probably be found breeding throughout this area:—“ Hume’s type came from Peshawar and he says that it only occurs in the N.W. Punjab, Trans-Indus, and low hills and valleys leading into Cashmere. This is perfectly correct. I have examined the type from Peshawar and others from the Cashmere foot-hills, Attoch and Rawal Pindi, and one from Fort Sandeman in Baluchistan.” We may thus roughly summarize its known breeding area as the Punjab-Trans-Indus, Afghan and Baluchistan Frontier and foot-hills of Kashmir.
Captain C. R. S. Pitman found this bird breeding very commonly from the end of April to the end of May round about Dehra Ismail Khan. The nests he describes as “cups of dried grass and roots, very untidy and unfinished looking, lined with finer grass and built either in low thorny bushes or in cactus hedges.” Osmaston also obtained many nests during March in the Topi Park at Rawal¬pindi. Here they were placing their nests in low shrubs such as Carissa and Karounda bushes.
The eggs, which number two to four, are just like those of the Common Babbler, and call for no remark.
Thirty eggs average 21.4 x 16.3 mm. : maxima 23.5 x 17.2 mm. ; minima 20.0 x 16.0 and 21.0 x 15.2 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: 
192(a). Argya caudata eclipes
Spp Author: 
Hume
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
192
Year: 
1932
Page No: 
161
Common name: 
Baluchistan Babbler
M_ID: 
24694
M_SN: 
Turdoides caudata eclipes
Volume: 
Vol. 1
Term name: 
id: 
13398

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