(957) Oriolus chinensis andamanensis.
The Andaman Black-naped Oriole.
Oriolus andamanensis Tytler, Beavan, Ibis, 1867, p. 326 (South Andamans) ; Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 504.
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. The adult male is even brighter yellow above than is the preceding bird but has still less .yellow on the wings and tail; the black nape-band is very narrow.
Colours of soft parts those of the species.
Measurements. This is the smallest of the races ; wing 129 to 136 mm.; culmen 27 to 28 mm.
Distribution. Andamans only.
Nidification. Nest and eggs have been taken by Messrs. Osmaston, Wickham and Anderson and the first-named describes the nidification as follows: - "They breed from April to June, laying two or three eggs only. The nest is the usual cradle suspended from the leafy branch of some tree, and is usually decorated outside with sprays of a small climbing Asclepiad with orbicular leaves. The eggs are fairly glossy. The ground is white, more or less tinged with claret with dark purplish-brown spots which appear to have run from the edges, and with a few underlying grey spots."
The average of fourteen eggs is 28.3 x 20.8 mm.
Habits. Those of the species but Osmaston says it is found both in forest and in open country.