(236) Pyctorhis sinensis nasalis.
THE CEYLON YELLOW-EYED BABBLER,
Pyctorhis nasalis Legge, A. M. N. H, (5) iii, p. 169 (1879) (Ceylon) ; Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 138.
Vernacular names. Yerra-Kali-jitta (Tel.).
Description. Differs from P. s. sinensis in having the exposed portions of the wing-quills con-colorous with the back, and in having more white on the sides of the head.
Colours of soft parts similar to the typical form, but with very little or no yellow about the nostrils.
Measurements. A rather smaller bird than the Indian form; wing 59 to 63 mm. and other Measurements in proportion.
Distribution. Ceylon only.
Nidification. Breeds from December (W. W. A. Phillips) to May (Legge), making a nest similar to that of P. s. sinensis but laying only two or three eggs. The few eggs I have seen resemble the most common type of egg described above for P. s. sinensis, but they only measure 17.5 x 13.8 mm. (19.4 x 14.4 mm., Hume).
Habits. The same as those of the preceding subspecies.