1309. Dicaeum erythrorhynchus ceylonense

(1309) Dicaeum erythrorhyncha ceylonense Babault.
THE CEYLON YELLOW-BILLED FLOWER-PECKER.
Dicoeum erythrorhynchus ceylonensis, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iii, p. 433.
This Flower-pecker is confined to Ceylon.
There is nothing on record, abont the breeding habits of this race beyond Wait’s note (‘Birds of Ceylon,' p. 151):—“The breeding season seems to be from April to August, but in the hills some birds breed in the North-East Monsoon. The nest is generally a pear¬shaped structure, like that of a Sunbird, but I once saw a nest, presumably of this species, like a little hammock suspended at either end from a twig. The two or three eggs are pure white, glossless ovals. Average size .6 by .4 inches.”
Tunnard took two nests of this bird in the Ramboda district at 5,400 feet. One was attached to a branch of a wild Cinnamon-tree, 20 feet from the ground, the other to a jungle-tree at 25 feet.
The nests are described as being exactly like those of the Indian subspecies, but Tunnard says that one he found was exceptionally firmly attached to the supporting twig, the materials being woven over it for a length of 2.1/4 inches. The two nests taken by him measured 3.3/4 inches by 2.1/4 and 4 inches by 2.1/2, and were taken on the 20th May and the 10th March, each containing two partially set eggs.
Two given to me measure 15.4 x 11.0 and 15.1 x 10.4 mm.

BookTitle: 
The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Reference: 
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 3. 1934.
Title in Book: 
1309. Dicaeum erythrorhynchus ceylonense
Spp Author: 
Babault.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1309
Year: 
1934
Page No: 
246
Common name: 
Ceylon Yellow Billed Flower Pecker
M_ID: 
28737
M_SN: 
Dicaeum erythrorhynchos ceylonense
Volume: 
Vol. 3
id: 
14407

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