194. Argya gularis

(194) Argya gularis (Blyth).
Argya gularis, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. I, p. 199.
The White-throated Babbler is one of the most common birds in the dry zone of Central Burma, extending North into the Lower Chindwin, whilst in the South Oates records it from Prome, where, however, it must be rare, as neither Hopwood, Mackenzie nor later observers have obtained it.
So far as we know at present, this Babbler breeds from the end of April to the middle of June, frequenting open and cultivated country and placing its nest in scrub round villages, in grass and bush country broken down and more or less cropped short by the village herds, or in open bamboo-jungle. I have no record of it breeding inside a garden, although it is such a familiar bird, constantly haunting gardens and the interior of villages when feeding. Cook describes the nests he took near Myingyan, Upper Burma, as follows :—“These Babblers are common enough and the nests easy to find, rough cups of twigs, often thorny ones, coarse roots and grass lined with finer roots and grass, and generally placed low down in scrub. The half-cleared off scrub and under¬growth near villages is a favourite resort. I have never taken more than three eggs in a clutch, though these were often hard set, but I know they do sometimes lay four.”
Mackenzie and Hopwood endorse the above description and both lay stress on thorny twigs being frequently used in the body of the nest. Both these observers, however, consider four to be the normal clutch, whilst Mackenzie once took a clutch of five.
The eggs are quite typical of the genus but, in a large series, it is noticeable that the eggs of this species are, on an average, decidedly paler than those of the Common Babbler.
One hundred eggs, including 61 measured by J. M. D. Mackenzie, average 22.5 x 17.1 mm. : maxima 25.1 x 18.1 and 23.0 x 19.0 mm. ; minima 20.6 x 17.0 and 22.0 x 16.0 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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194. Argya gularis
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Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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White Throated Babbler
White-throated Babbler
Turdoides gularis
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