913. Homochlamys pallidipes pallidipes

(913) Homochlamys pallidipes pallidipes (Blanford).
THE SIKKIM WHITE-FLANKED BUSH-WARBLER.
Horornis pallidipes pallidipes, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. ii, p. 508.
Homochlamys pallidipes pallidipes, ibid. vol. viii, p. 645.
This Bush-Warbler is common in Sikkim, where Stevens found, it breeding at about 5,000 feet, and Mandelli took two nests at 4,000 feet. It occurs thence Eastwards at similar elevations in the breeding season to Eastern Assam, but there is nothing on record about its nidification. In the hills South of the Brahmapootra it is again comparatively common and I found several nests. It is also found, and probably breeds, in the hills of Burma as far South as Tounghoo, while there is also one specimen of the bird in the British Museum labelled “Macou, S. China.”
The only occurrence West of Sikkim is that noted by Osmaston (Journ. Bomb. Nat. Hist. Soc. vol. xxvii, p. 427, 1922), who says :— “It also occurs in the Summer in Dehra Dun and breeds during the rains in the dense long grass and scrub-jungle bordering the Sal Forests. The eggs of this species found by me in the Andamans and in Maymyio were a beautiful deep mahogany red.”
I first obtained this bird’s nest and eggs in the North Cachar Hills at Hungrum, about 5,500 feet elevation, in scrub-jungle on the very steep side of a hill, surrounded by evergreen forest ; later I found nests in secondary growth on deserted cultivation and, in the Khasia Hills, both in glades in evergreen forest and in bushes in Pine woods. In most cases the bushes were much overgrown with grass, and the birds probably chose these as hiding the nests best, the rather untidy grass balls being very inconspicuous among the dead scraps of grass.
Except that the nests were invariably domed and, on the whole, bigger and even worse finished off than those of Homochlamys fortipes, I do not think they could have been distinguished from them. They reminded me, as those of pallidus did Davidson, of Munias’ nests, only the entrances were rounded off instead of having all the grass sticking straight out. The lining was always of feathers, but perhaps not quite so dense as in the nests of fortipes. Personally I could never tell one nest from another, but it was easy to trap the bird and then release it.
Nests taken by Stevens in Sikkim, and others collected for me by Masson in that country, differed in no way from those found by myself.
The breeding season is May and June, and I have no eggs taken in any other months.
The eggs cannot possibly be distinguished from those of the two preceding species of Homochlamys but, as a series, they may average less deep in colour.
Forty eggs, which embrace all I have seen, average 17.1 x 13.1 mm. : maxima 18.21 x 13.2 and 17.3 x 14.0 mm. ; minima 16.0 x 12.4 mm.

BookTitle: 
The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Reference: 
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 2. 1933.
Title in Book: 
913. Homochlamys pallidipes pallidipes
Spp Author: 
Blanford
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
913
Year: 
1933
Page No: 
461
Common name: 
Sikkim White Flanked Bush Warbler
M_ID: 
22837
M_SN: 
Urosphena pallidipes pallidipes
Volume: 
Vol. 2
id: 
14022

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