912. Homochlamys pallidus pallidus

(912) Homochlamys pallidus pallidus (Brooks).
Horornis pallidus pallidus, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. ii, p. 507.
Homochlamys pallidus pallidus, ibid. vol. viii, p. 645.
The Pale Bush-Warbler is confined to the North-West Himalayas, the Garhwal Hills being its limit on the East.
Brooks found it breeding in the Sind Valley and says that it occurs there and elsewhere between 5,000 and 8,000 feet. He says it was also abundant at Suki, in the Bhagirutti Valley, and that he “heard of one at Gangootree.”
In Garhwal Whymper took one nest at 9,000 feet, but Osmaston took others in the Lidar Valley from 5,600 to 8,400 feet, and at the latter height they were quite common.
Davidson gives a good description of the country and nest (Ibis, 1898, p. 18) :—“This bird appears in Gund early in May, and we found it along the bare side of the river up to 7,000 feet among the scrub, and also a short distance up the wooded hills. It has a wonderfully clear cry of four or five notes, which, once heard, cannot be mistaken, and this we also heard occasionally in the Jhelum Valley down to 3,000 feet and also at Murree. It is rather a late breeder, as we did not get a nest with eggs until the 27th May. Between that date and the 31st we got several more. The nests were untidy and spherical, resembling those of a Munia, but with an entrance near the top and lined with feathers. They were placed in thick bushes, generally about 2 feet from the ground. The eggs in every case were four in number, and were of a uniform purplish-red colour and extremely fragile.”
In the Lidar Valley Osmaston took many nests in indigofera and other bushes on bare stone hill-sides or steep grassy slopes dotted with scrub, and the bushes themselves often mixed with the standing dead and dry grass.
Whymper took one nest low down in a small bush growing in a corn-field.
The birds commence breeding in the middle of May but few have eggs before the last week of that month, and they go on laying up to the end of June, while Osmaston took three nests with fresh eggs as late as the 19th July.
The eggs in a full clutch nearly always number four but, rarely, three eggs only are incubated. I do not think anyone could dis¬tinguish between the eggs of this and the preceding bird.
Fifty-four eggs average 17.4 x 13.1 mm. : maxima 18.9 x 13.4 and 17.1 x 13.7 mm. ; minima 16.4 x 13.0 and 17.0 x 12.4 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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912. Homochlamys pallidus pallidus
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Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Cashmere Pale Bush Warbler
Urosphena pallidipes pallidipes
Vol. 2

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