1781. Ichthyophaga ichthyaetus plumbleeps

(1781) Ichthyophaga ichthyaetus plumbiceps Stuart Baker.
Ichthyophaga ichthyaetus plumbiceps, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. v, p. 116.
This Fishing-Eagle is confined to Ceylon, as the birds found in Travancore, though somewhat intermediate, as one would expect, are nearer to the Northern than to the Southern form.
Legge records of this race : “The Fish-Eagle breeds with us in December, nesting in large trees, both along the coast and by the side of the fine old tanks in the Northern and Eastern Provinces, I find from my rough notes that a nest, from which on the 4th. January, 1873, I took a young bird six weeks old, was made in the fork of an upper limb of a large tree on the sea-coast to the north of Trincomalee ; it was constructed of sticks, some of them an inch in diameter, and measured 3 or 4 feet across in one direction and about feet in another, and contained enough material to half-fill an ordinary bullock-cart. The interior was very fiat and constructed of small twigs.”
Wait also found this bird breeding on the Mannar tank in the Northern Provinces, and says the nest agreed with the description given by Legge ; the two nests found each contained two eggs, One pair of which ho sent to me.
The breeding season seems to be November and December, The young bird found, by Legge must have been from an egg laid in November, and Wait's eggs were taken in December. The latter measure, teste Wait, 67.1 x 53.1 mm., but the pair given to me only measure 64.0 x 51.1 and 64.8 x 50.3 mm., though even these latter are larger than I expected.

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 4. 1935.
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1781. Ichthyophaga ichthyaetus plumbleeps
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Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Ceylon Grey Headed Fishing Eagle
Haliaeetus humilis plumbeus
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