(560) Copsychus saularis ceylonensis.
The Ceylon Magpie-Robin.
Copsychus ceylonensis Sclater, P. Z. S., 1861, p. 186 (Ceylon).
Vernacular names. Pedda-nalanchi, Sarela-gadu (Tel.).
Description.— Adult male. Only differs from the male of G. s. saularis in having much more black on the third and fourth outer pairs of tail-feathers and in having a shorter, more slender bill.
Colours of soft parts .as in, the Indian Magpie-Robin.
Measurements. Wing 97 to 105 mm.; tail S3 to 86 mm.; tarsus about 29 mm.; culmen 16 to 17 mm.
Female is much darker above and below than Indian or Burmese birds and has the black and white patterns on the tail-feathers the same as in the male.
Distribution. Ceylon and possibly the extreme South of Travancore.
Nidification. Similar to that of the other races, but this bird never lays more than four eggs and generally three only. They are indistinguishable from those of G. s. saularis but average bigger. Fifty eggs taken by Messrs. W. E. Wait and W. A. Phillips average 23.1 x 17.3 mm., with extremes of: maxima 25.4 x 16.3 mm. and 24.2x18.0 mm.; minima 20.1 X17.1 and 21.4 x 16.0 mm.
Habits similar to those of the other races.