667. Eumyias ceylonensis

(667) Eumyias ceylonensis (Gray).
Stoparola sordida, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. ii, p. 241.
Eumyias ceylonensis, ibid. vol. viii, p. 630.
The Ceylon Verditer Flycatcher is, as its name implies, con¬fined to Ceylon, where it breeds at all levels between 2,000 feet and the highest peaks. Legge says that it frequents “the out¬skirts of forest, the edges of clearings, the borders of mountain streams, or the sides of roads and paths, in preference to the depths of the jungle.”
It is said to be common above Kandy, 2,000 to 2,500 feet, and again in the forest about Newara Eliya. It must occasionally, however, occur actually in the plains, as I have two eggs, taken from near Mt. Lavinia, which are undoubtedly those of this bird.
Bligh, as quoted by Legge, and again by Hume, writes :—“The nest is generally in various suitable places, such as a shallow hole in a rotten stump or in the trunk of a forest tree ; and I once found it in a trunk of a felled tree, well protected by a thick branch of a coffee-bush which grew over it. It is composed of moss, lichens, and grasses, lined with fine fibrous materials, and is like a Black¬bird’s in miniature. The eggs are dull white, thickly sprinkled and blotched with dull reddish.”
Wait writes (‘ Birds of Ceylon,’ 2nd ed. p. 59, 1932) :—“The breeding season is from March to May. The nest is placed in the crevices of trees, or on ledges on the banks of streams, or of path cuttings. It is a deepish cup of moss, the outside wall being built up from the ledge on which it rests, and is lined with a few fine vegetable fibres.”
Kellow, who took two nests on the 1st March above Kandy, describes them as “beautiful cups of living green moss, lined with moss-roots and wedged into hollows in rocks in the banks of a tiny streamlet running down a ravine in dense forest. Both nests, which were not far apart, were almost concealed by hanging ferns and moss.” The breeding season, as noted above, seems to be always from March to May, and the small series in my own collection, taken by Kellow, Aldworth and Phillips, were all obtained between the 1st March and the 4th May.
The full complement of eggs is two or three and in shape and texture they agree with those of the Northern Verditer Flycatchers, as, indeed, they also do in colour.
White eggs, as described by both Wait and Legge, must be rare and I have none such. All mine have a distinct pinkish ground varying from a very pale creamy pink to a fairly warm salmon-pink. The whole surface is lightly and rather thinly freckled with pale reddish, in most eggs the markings more numerous at the larger end, where they tend to form rings or caps.
Eleven eggs average 20.5 x 14.8 mm. : maxima 22.2 x 15.7 and 21.0 x 16.0 mm. ; minima 20.0 x 14.2 and 20.4 x 14.1 mm.

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 2. 1933.
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667. Eumyias ceylonensis
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Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Ceylon Verditer Flycatcher
Dull-blue Flycatcher
Eumyias sordidus
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