662. Muscicapula tickelliae jerdoni

(662) Muscicapula tickelliae jerdoni (Blyth).
THE CEYLON BLUE FLYCATCHER.
Cyornis tickellioe nesoea, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. ii, p. 236.
Muscicapula tickellioe jerdoni, ibid. vol. viii, p. 628.
This Blue Flycatcher is confined to Ceylon, where it is a resident breeding form from the foot-hills up to 4,000 feet, wherever there is forest. Wait says that it is sometimes to be seen in semi-wild village gardens where there are Jak-trees, but it does not, apparently, breed in these. He records about the nidification of this bird :— “I have taken eggs as early as February and as late as June. The nest is rather a deep little cup of dead leaves, moss and grass, lined with finer materials and placed in holes in banks or trees. Three is the usual number of eggs.”
Phillips has sent me several nests from Kitulgala, a small village about 700 feet in elevation, and from Mousakande, where the nests were taken at 2,500 and 3,000 feet altitude. Of the former village he writes :—“Kitulgala is a small village at the foot of the hills on the main road to Hutton. Though I give the main elevation as 700 feet, the Estate runs up from 500 feet up to 2,000 and 3,000 feet. There is still much unopened jungle all round it. The average rainfall is 200" a year.”
The nests are described by Phillips as varying from mere pads of moss, roots and decaying leaves to quite well-made, deep little cups of the same materials, lined with fine grass or fine roots. One nest was placed in a hole in a rock, the others in hollows in banks in heavy forest.
Nine eggs, all I have seen, average 19.5 x 14.8 mm. : maxima 20.1 x 14.8 and 19.2 x 15.1 mm. ; minima 19.0 x 14.7 and 20.1 x 14.6 mm.
They cannot be in any way distinguished from those of other birds of the genus, but are, perhaps, rather more rufous, less olive than most.

BookTitle: 
The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Reference: 
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 2. 1933.
Title in Book: 
662. Muscicapula tickelliae jerdoni
Spp Author: 
Blyth
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
662
Year: 
1933
Page No: 
203
Common name: 
Ceylon Blue Flycar
M_ID: 
27836
M_SN: 
Cyornis tickelliae jerdoni
Volume: 
Vol. 2
Term name: 
id: 
13814

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