1253. Baza ceylonensis.
Baza ceylonensis, Legge, S. F. iv, p. 247 (1876); id Birds Ceylon, p. 94, pl. iii; Whyte, S. F. v, p. 202; Hume, S. F. vn p. 151; id. Cat. no. 58 ter; Gurney, S. F. viii, p. 444; td. Ibit, 1880, p. 470 ; Bligh, Ibis, 1885, p. 362 ; 1887, p. 419.
This bird is closely allied to B. jerdoni, and appears to be distinguished only by having the upper breast and sides of the throat in adults rufescent grey instead of rufous, and by smaller size.
Young birds (nestlings) have pale rufous imperfect bands on the lower breast and abdomen.
Bill blackish leaden, cere brownish black; irides orange; legs and feet dull dirty white (Bligh).
Length 16-5 inches ; tail 8 ; wing 12.
Distribution. The forests of the Central Province, Ceylon. A single young specimen was obtained by Mr. Darling in the Wynaad in October.
This also is a very rare species. "When more specimens are available for comparison, it is highly probable that the present will prove to be only a small variety of B. jerdoni.
Habits, &c. Mr. Bligh in Ceylon found a large lizard in the stomach of one bird, and he observed two others evidently pairing in April, but they went away without nesting.