(369) Chloropsis aurifrons davidsoni.*
THE MALABAR CHLOROPSIS.
Chloropsis aurifrons davidsoni, Stuart Baker, Bull. B. 0. C , xii, p. 8 (1920) (Malabar). Chloropsis malabarica. Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 235.'
Vernacular names. Chota Harrial (Hind.).
Description.— Adult male. Differs from C. a. aurifrons in having the chin and throat black instead of blue without the surrounding gold collar. The moustachial streak remains blue.
Colours of soft parts and Measurements as in the last. The female has but little signs of the golden forehead or blue moustachial streak and has the chin and throat pale green. The young "bird, as in the last, is all green.
Distribution. West coast o£ India, Khandala to Ceylon.
Nidification. A nest with eggs sent me from Ratnapura, Ceylon, is exactly like that of the Gold-fronted Chloropsis and was placed in an outer small branch of a tree about 20 feet from the ground. The two eggs are also just like that of the last bird and measure 21.0x15.0 and 21.0 x 15.1 mm. They were taken on the 25th January.
Habits. This bird is found at all heights up to 6,000 feet, more often between 2,000 and 4,000 feet. It inhabits forests or open country as long as it is well wooded and appears to keep almost entirely to trees in its search for food, which consists of both insects and fruit.
* Turdus malabaricus Gmel., S. N.t p. 837, is preoccupied by the same author, p. 816, and cannot therefore be used..