(1011) Ploceus passerinus infortunatus.
The Malay Baya.
Ploceus passerinus infortunatus Hartert, Nov. ZooL, ix, p. 577 (1902) (Sungei Leheh, Malay Peninsula). Ploceus megarhynchus. Blanf. & Oates, ii, p. 176 (part).
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. Similar to P. p. passerinus but smaller and somewhat darker and more richly coloured.
Colours of soft parts as in P. p. passerinus.
Measurements. A smaller bird than the preceding, wing from 64 to 72 mm., only one or two specimens in over one hundred exceeding 70 mm.
Distribution. Siam, Burma from Thaunghoo and Karenni Southwards, the Malay States, Sumatra and Nias. There are three specimens in the British Museum recorded from Java but these, as Hartert has shown, have probably the wrong locality.
Nidification. Quite similar to that of the preceding bird. Thirty eggs average 20.1 x 14.2 mm.: maxima 21.9 X 14.9 and 20.6 x 15.2 mm.
The breeding season commences in April and Messrs. "Williamson and Herbert found eggs from that month up to the 6th of September in and about Bangkok. Three or four seems to be the full complement.
Habits. The same as those of the preceding Weaver-Birds.