393. Ixos flavala hildebrandi

(393) Ixos flavala hildebrandi Hume.
Hemixus flavala hildebrandi, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 376.
Ixos flavala hildebrandi, ibid. vol. viii, p. 613.
This race is, so far as is known at present, confined to the Eastern Burmese Hills from the Salwin to the Karen Hills.
Pershouse records the nesting of this Bulbul, under the name Hemixus holti, in Sinlum Kaba (Journ. Bomb. Nat. Hist. Soc. vol. xxiv, p. 592, 1913) :—“At Sinlum, on the 8th of May, 1913, I found a nest of this species. The nest, a very flimsy structure, cup-shaped, was entirely made of bamboo leaves held together by long thin pieces of moss and cobwebs, and lined with a little grass. It was suspended cradle-like, after the manner of Orioles’ nests, between some stems of dead bracken about 3' from the ground. The inside measurements were : diameter 2.3/8", depth 1". It contained two eggs in a fairly advanced stage of incubation. In colour and marking they were alike, having a whitish ground¬colour, profusely speckled all over with reddish-brown spots. There appeared to be no attempt made to conceal the nest, excepting that the small clearing it was in, consisting chiefly of dead brambles and bracken, was surrounded by very thick jungle.
Nothing else is recorded about its nidification, but I haye had three eggs sent me as of this bird taken from “a typical Bulbul’s nest placed in a low bush.” They were obtained in the Karen Hills on 7th May, 1904.
The three eggs may be matched by dozens of eggs of Molpastes and Otocompsa. They have a dead white ground and have numerous small blotches and spots of deep purple-red, densely distributed at the larger end and getting sparse towards the small end. Underlying these are blotches and smears of lavender and inky grey showing up well through the other markings.
In shape the eggs are short, broad ovals. The texture is similar to the eggs of Otocompsa and there is no gloss.
They measure 22.1 x 17.0, 22.2 x 17.0 and 22.6 x 17.0 mm.
They are in no way typical of Ixos eggs and it is just possible there was some mistake in the identification of the bird, or the bird identified may not have been the real owner of the nest.

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 1. 1932.
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393. Ixos flavala hildebrandi
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Kachin Hills Brown Eared Bulbul
Hemixos flavala hildebrandi
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