388. Microscelis psaroides concolor

(388) Microscelis psaroides concolor (Blyth).
THE BURMESE BLACK BULBUL.
Microscelis psaroides concolor, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 372.
This race of Black Bulbul is found over the greater part of Burma South of the Chin Hills and on the North-East of the Irrawaddy. South it extends as far as Muleyit Mountain, in Tenasserim. I cannot separate Anderson’s yunnanensis from the Burmese bird, so Yunnan and the Shan States must be included within its range.
Davison says (‘ Stray Feathers,’ vol. vi, p. 295) that the habits of this Bulbul are just the same as those of ganeesa and psaroides, but that “it is most commonly seen at the ‘Sarkans’ or hill camping grounds, small open clearings surrounded by forest and with a few trees standing about them.
“They are confined to the more open hill forests of the Northern and more central portions of the province, but not ascending to the summits of the highest hills.” Harington, however, found them breeding at 5,500 feet near Sinlum Kaba, in the Bhamo Hills, and Robinson took them on the Taok Plateau at 4,000 feet in Tenasserim. Their breeding-range elevations are probably about 2,000 to 7,000 feet, and Bingham says that it never descends to the Plains.
Harington, Venning, Mackenzie and others have all taken the nests of this Bulbul in various parts of Burma, but all say that the nests and nesting habits are precisely similar to those already recorded for the two previous races. Hopwood and Mackenzie found them breeding in evergreen forest of big trees, placing their nests often at great heights from the ground. Harington found them breeding equally freely in more open ground or forest in the Bhamo Hills, whilst Robinson seems to have taken the nest in open well-wooded country on the Taok Plateau.
The breeding season appears to be May and June, but Harington took one nest with three eggs at Bhamo on the 13th March.
The number of eggs laid seems to be two or three only, frequently the former. They are in every respect like those of the Assam Black Bulbul but, as a series, are not so richly coloured. There is also not nearly so much variety among the types, all being of the commonest types of the other subspecies On the other hand, comparatively few eggs have been taken of this bird, and a larger series would probably contain just as many varieties as the others.
In shape most of the eggs are rather long ovals, a few only being rather broad ones.
Eighteen eggs average 26.8 x 18.9 mm. : maxima 28.3 x 19.2 and 27.6 x 20.0 mm. ; minima 24.8 x 18.9 and 26.0 x 18.0 mm.

BookTitle: 
The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Reference: 
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 1. 1932.
Title in Book: 
388. Microscelis psaroides concolor
Spp Author: 
Blyth.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
388
Year: 
1932
Page No: 
342
Common name: 
Burmese Black Bulbul
M_ID: 
22311
M_SN: 
Hypsipetes leucocephalus concolor
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
13574

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