(1825) Baza jerdoni ceylonensis.
Baza ceylonensis Legge, Str. Feath., iv, p. 247 (1876) (Kandy Ceylon); Blanf. & Oates, iii, p. 411.
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. Sex for sex and age for age exactly like the preceding bird but rather smaller. The supposed differences between the two forms, so far as can be decided from the small number of skins available, are purely individual or those of sex and age.
Colours of soft parts as in the preceding form.
Measurements. Wing 299 to 312 mm.; tail 201 to 211 mm.; tarsus 36 to 37 mm.; culmen 28 to 29 mm.
Distribution. Ceylon and Travancore. There is also a juvenile specimen from the Wynaad in the British Museum which appears to be referable to this race.
Nidification. The only naturalist who has taken the nests and eggs of this Baza is Stewart, who obtained a very fine series. The nests are described as well-made structures of smallish sticks and twigs, sometimes lined with grass and roots and nearly always finished off with green leaves. It may he placed either in a small sapling some twenty or twenty-five feet from the ground or in some forest giant five times as high as that. They seem to have a preference for trees near the edge of forest glades and openings, such as the hanks of streams. The eggs number two or three and are an unspotted grey-white, nearly always considerably stained and, occasionally, the whole surface a rich buffy-red. Twenty-four eggs average 44.1 x 36.3 mm.: maxima 46.3 x 37.4 mm.; minima 41.1 x 35.9 and 42.0 x 35.0 mm. They breed from February to April, most eggs being laid in March.
Habits. Stewart says that the Baza is rare in Travancore and difficult to locate. The habits he describes as much the same as those of other Bazas. In Ceylon, where very few specimens have ever been collected, nothing is recorded of its habits beyond the fact that it is known to frequent forest in the broken lands and low hills.