(746) Pericrocotus peregrinus vividus.
The Burmese Small Minivet.
Pericrocotus peregrinus vividus Stuart Baker, Bull. B. O. C, xl, p. 114 (1920) (Attaran River, Burma).
Vernacular names. Chota-sath saki-kapi (Beng.); Dao ribi gajao-i-aba (Cachari); Nok-si-champay-pillay (Siam) ; Ingorui (Kacha Naga).
Description.— Adult male. Darker and browner above than P. p. peregrinus, the throat rather a blacker grey and the lower parts much brighter yellow with the red of the breast extending further down.
Colours of soft parts and Measurements as in the preceding bird.
Female differs in degree from the Indian bird as does the male. It is darker and a little browner above and has much more yellow below.
Distribution. Eastern Bengal and Assam, Burma, Siam, Cochin China, Yunnan and Annam.
Nidification. Similar to that of the last race, but this form breeds also in forested area as well as in open country and gardens, etc. Mr. E. G. Herbert, to whom I am indebted for a series of the eggs, says that Durian and Tamarind trees are the favourite but that they also sometimes breed on the Betal Palms. The nests are generally placed between 30 and 40 feet from the ground. Twenty-two eggs average 10.5x 13.4 mm.: maxima 18.8 x l4.7 mm.; minima 15.3 x 13.3 and 15.5 x 13.0 mm. In colour, of course, they cannot be distinguished from those of the other races. The breeding-season is March and April running into June.
Habits. Similar to those of P. p. peregrinus but they ascend the hills to at least 4,000 feet and Mr. C. Hopwood records that they bred in the gardens at Maymyio at 3,500 feet, placing their nests in pines, oaks, etc.