Pyctorhis sinensis, Gmelin.
385. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol, II, p. 15 ; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. III. p. 471 ; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 399 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 132; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India; Ibis, 1885, p. 67.
THE YELLOW-EYED BABBLER.
Length, 6.5 ; expanse, 7 to 7.8 ; wing, 2.4 to 2.8 ; tail, 3 to 3.5 ; bill at front, 0.45 ; tarsus, 0.9 to 1.1.
Bill black, with the nostrils deep yellow; irides dark brown, with an outer circle of buff; orbits bright orange ; legs yellow.
Above clear red-brown, rufous or cinnamon color on the wings, and the tail obsoletely banded with dusky ; lores and all the, lower plumage white; lower surface of wings and tail dusky-cinereous.
The Yellow-eyed Babbler is a common permanent resident throughout the district, breeding from June to August; the nest is beautifully made, of a deep cup-shape, and is placed in a slender fork of a bush or small tree ; sometimes it is suspended between stalks of growing corn or reeds ; it is composed of grass, interlaced with vegetable fibre and lined with fine grass; the eggs, four or five in number, vary much in shape, size and color but they are generally rather broad ovals, averaging 073 in length by about 0'59 inches in breadth.
Some eggs have a pinkish-white ground, thickly mottled and speckled with bright deep brick-dust red ; others have the pinkish-white ground, but are boldly, though sparingly, blotched with patches and streaks of blood or bright brick-red, interspersed with a few inky-purple spots or clouds ; between these two types every variety is met with; the eggs are in general finely glossed.