369. Chloropsis aurifrons davidsoni

(369) Chloropsis aurifrons davidsoni Stuart Baker.
Chloropsis aurifrons davidsoni, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 348.
This Malabar race of Chloropsis is resident both in the lower hills and low country from Khandala, in the Bombay Presidency, South down the West coast to Ceylon. On the Malabar coast it probably breeds most freely between about 1,500 and 3,000 feet but I can find no account of its nest having been taken, and Ferguson says that it does not occur at all in the plains.
The only person who has taken its nest and eggs is Mr. W. A. T. Kellow, who sent me a nest and two eggs from Ratnapura, in Ceylon, which were taken by him on the 25th of January.
The nest is a pendent cradle of tiny twigs, a leaf or two, roots and grass with a few scraps of moss on the outside. The lining consists merely of a few roots rather finer than the rest of those used in the construction of the nest. The materials are well put together, a few cobwebs being used to help bind them and also to attach them to the prongs of the small fork in which it was built. The branch was an outer one of a small tree and about 15 feet from the ground, the tree standing in comparatively open forest but close to much heavier bigger forest.
The two eggs which the nest contained are a very pale cream, one egg very faintly blotched with pale reddish, the other with rather darker spots and small irregular blotches of darker red-brown. They measure 21.0 x 15.0 and 21.0 x 15.1 mm.

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 1. 1932.
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369. Chloropsis aurifrons davidsoni
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Malabar Chloropsis
Chloropsis aurifrons frontalis
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