(1781) Ichthyophaga ichthyaetus plumbiceps.
THE CEYLON GREY-HEADED FISHING-EAGLE,
Ichthyophaga ichthyaetus plumbiceps Stuart Baker, Bull. B. O. C., xlvii, p. 150 (1927) (Ceylon). Polioaetus ichthyaetus. Blanf. & Oates, iii, p. 370 (part.).
Vernacular names. Wewa-Rajaliya, Lul-mara (Cing.); Ala (Tam.).
Description. Similar, except in size, to the preceding bird, though perhaps, as Legge points out, rather less cinereous-brown above in most adult birds.
Colours of soft parts as in P. i. ichthyaetus.
Measurements. "Wing 420 to 435, once 445 mm.; tail 232 to 242 mm.; tarsus about 85 to 90 mm. ; culmen about 46 mm.
Distribution. Ceylon only. Whether birds in South Travancore are of this or the preceding race there is at present no material to show.
Nidification. Legge says that this race breeds in December and that he found young six weeks old on the 4th January. Nest and site are similar to those of the last bird. The measurements of two eggs are given by Wait as 67.1 X 53.1 mm., but these may prove to be exceptionally big.
Habits. Those of the species.