236. Chrysomma sinensis nasalis

(236) Chrysomma sinensis nasalis (Legge).
Pyctorhis sinensis nasalis, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 235.
Chrysomma sinensis nasalis, ibid. vol. viii, p. 602.
This Yellow-eyed Babbler is confined to Ceylon. Wait gives its distribution in that island. “It is locally, but fairly widely, distributed up to about 6,000 feet, but its chief haunts are the South¬
- East of the Island, from the Uva patanas to the sea.” He adds : “It may be looked for in fern lands, stretches of mana grass, low jungle, lantana scrub and thick undergrowth.”
The nest seems to be a small edition of that of the continental forms, very neat little cups of “ribbon” grass, lined with finer grass or with very fine vegetable fibre and well bound with spiders’ webs, making the nest very compact and solid. It is cup-shaped, deep but not prolonged into a cone like that of the Indian bird, and it is built into a small fork of a low bush or, more often, into tufts of the grass known as “Mana-grass.” The breeding season is said by Wait to be February to May ; Phillips has taken eggs once in December, once in May and once in July, whilst Tunnard took one nest with four eggs in May.
Probably a big series of eggs would give as numerous variations as other species, but the few in my own collection are all of the profusely spotted type ; varying from pure china-white with very numerous small blotches of chocolate-brown to dull salmon with equally numerous marks of brick-red ; two other clutches are links between these two.
The full clutch numbers three or four.
Sixteen eggs average 17.0 x 13.8 mm. : maxima 18.1 x 14.1 and 17.4 x 14.2 mm. ; minima 16.2 x 13.9 and 16.8 x 13.3 mm.
Phillips took nests at 3,000 feet, 2,500 feet and another much lower down about 8 miles North-East of Nampantola.

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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Ceylon Yellow Eyed Babbler
Chrysomma sinense nasale
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