252. Chloropsis jerdoni.
Phyllornis jerdoni, Blyth, J. A S. B. xiii, p. 392 (1844); id. Cat. p. 212; Horsf. 8; M. Cat. i, p. 259 ; Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 97; Hume, N. & E. p. 294 ; Ball, S. F. vii, p. 215; Hume, Cat. no. 463; Legge, Birds Ceyl. p. 485 ; Reid, S. F. x, p. 451; Barnes, Birds Bom. p. 189. Chloropsis jerdoni (Blyth), Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vi, p. 25; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. i, p. 155.
The Common Green Bulbul, Jerd.; Harrewa, Hind.; Wanna bojanum, Tel.
Coloration. Male. A moustachial streak bright purplish blue; lores, chin, throat, and a line from the lores over the moustachial streak black; forehead and a broad band surrounding the black greenish yellow ; lesser wing-coverts very bright malachite-green ; the remainder of the plumage, with the visible portions of the closed wings and tail, green.
Female. The black of the male is replaced by pale bluish green, and the cheek-stripe is bright greenish blue.
The young resemble the female, but have no moustachial streak.
Iris brown; bill black; legs and feet pale blue (Hume Coll.).
Length 7.5 ; tail 2.9 ; wing 3.5 ; tarsus .7 ; bill from gape .9.
Distribution. The peninsula of India, from Sitapur, Fyzabad, and Basti on the north ; Baroda and the Panch Mahals on the west; the Rajmehal hills and Midnapur on the east down to Cape Comorin and Ceylon.
Habits, &c. Breeds from April to August, constructing a shallow cup-shaped nest of vegetable fibres and fine roots and stems of weeds at the extremity of one of the upper branches of a tree some 20 feet from the ground. The eggs, two in number, are whitish marked with black or dark shades of brown; they measure .86 by .6.