(941) Prinia inornata jerdoni.
The Ceylon Wren-Warbler.
Drymoica jerdoni Blyth, J. A. S. B., xvi, p. 459 (1847) (Ceylon). Prinia jerdoni Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 453.
Vernacular names. Chit-kuravi (Tel., Travancore).
Description. Differs from P. i. inornata in being very much darker and more richly coloured above; the white tips and the dark subterminal bars to the tail-feathers are better defined. In Winter also the general colour is much darker than in the Indian Wren-Warbler.
Colours of soft parts as in P. i. inornata.
Measurements. Wing 48 to 55 mm.; tail 52 to 65 mm.; tarsus 21 to 22 mm.; culmen 11 mm.
Distribution. Ceylon and South India to the Nilgiris and Travancore and the southern parts of Malabar. Oates records both this and the last race from the Nilgiris, treating them as species but the tine series in the British Museum shows clearly that all the birds of these Hills must be assigned to the present subspecies.
Nidification. Messrs. Wait and Phillips have seen nests and eggs of this little Warbler in practically every month of the year in Ceylon but there seem to be two principal seasons, one December to February and the second in July and August. In the hills of Southern India it breeds from March to July. The nest is nearly always of the long purse-shape and domed egg-shaped nests are rare. The eggs are like those of the last race but brighter blue, more boldly marked and more frequently with some hair-lines. One hundred eggs average 15.8x 11.7 mm.: maxima 17.8 x l2.2 and 16.7 X 12.3 mm.; minima 14.2 x 11.2 and 15.1 x-11.1 mm.
The usual clutch of eggs is three, sometimes four.
Habits. Those of the genus. This race is especially fond of grass near water. It is found up to 6,000 or even 7,000 feet on the Nilgiris and adjoining hills.