140. Pyctorhis nasalis.
The Ceylon Yellow-eyed Babbler.
Pyctorhis nasalis, Legge, A. M. N. H. (5) iii, p. 169 (1879); id. Birds Ceyl. p. 512, pi. xxiv; Hume, S. F. viii, p. 73; id. Cat. no. 385 bis; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vii, p. 512 ; Oates in Hume's N.& E. 2nd ed. i, p. 98.
Coloration. Resembles P. sinensis. Differs in having the nostrils black like the bill (instead of yellow) ; in having more white on the side of the head; and in having the tertiaries and the outer webs of the other quills rufous like the back and not cinnamon-coloured.
Iris golden yellow ; eyelid chrome-yellow; loral skin, which is perceptible through the feathers, greenish yellow; bill and nostril black ; legs and feet dull yellow; extremities of toes dusky; claws dusky horn-colour (Legge).
Of the same size as P. sinensis.
This species is not a very marked one ; but the points of difference indicated above seem always to hold good in specimens from Ceylon. In dry skins, however, the yellow colour of the nostrils is not always apparent, and the identification of the species then rests almost entirely on the colour of the exposed parts of the closed wings.
Habits, &c. Apparently the same as those of the preceding species. Breeds from February to May. The eggs measure .78 by .58.