363. Aegithina tiphia multicolor

(363) Aegithina tiphia multicolor Gmelin.
THE CEYLON IORA.
AEgithina tiphia zeylonica, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 342.
AEgithina tiphia multicolor, ibid. vol. viii, p. 610.
This little Iora is found in Ceylon and, apparently, extends into the extreme South of Travancore, though more material is required to define its range in the South-West of India.
Legge describes its haunts, in which, also, it breeds, as follows:— “Owing to its partiality for large trees, which are usually found about the houses of Europeans in Ceylon, this little Bulbul is one of our most familiar birds. It is fond of open groves of trees, the edge of jungle, and vegetation at the sides of roads, and it is very partial to the low scattered jungle bordering the sea-shore on the North Coast.” It is apparently found in the hills up to about 2,500 feet.
The nest is in every respect similar to that of the Common Iora and needs no further description. According to Wait, “the breeding season lasts intermittently from November to June.”
Although such a common bird, very few nests with eggs have been taken, and the only ones I have seen have been five given me by Wait and one of a clutch of two taken by T. E. Tunnard. These are all of the grey type of Ae. t. tiphia.
My six eggs average 18.4 x 13.4 mm., and Wait gives the average of his series as 17.8 x 13.4 mm. The maxima in mine are 18.0 x 13.9 mm. ; minima 16.3 x 13.9 and 17.8 x 12.9 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: 
363. Aegithina tiphia multicolor
Spp Author: 
Gmelin.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
363
Year: 
1932
Page No: 
319
Common name: 
Ceylon Iora
M_ID: 
18359
M_SN: 
Aegithina tiphia multicolor
Volume: 
Vol. 1
Term name: 
id: 
13553

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