436. Pycnonotus blanfordi blanfordi

(436) Pycnonotus blanfordi blanfordi Jerdon.
Pycnonotus plumosus blanfordi, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 420.
Pycnonotus blanfordi blanfordi, ibid. vol. viii, p. 616.
This Olive Bulbul is found over practically the whole of Northern Burma from the South Chin Hills, Bhamo and Shan States, Karenni, South to Rangoon and to the same latitude farther East. It occurs in North and North Central Siam and Annam.
This is a very common bird in the plains portions of the places mentioned but it does not ascend the hills to any height. In the dry zone Wickham says “the place is thick with them.” Mackenzie found it very common in Pakokku, where he took many nests, but he never came across it in the Northern Chin Hills.
There is not much that one can say of this bird’s nidification beyond what has already been said of the preceding one. It is a bird of open country, cultivated parts, villages and even towns, but not of forests and heavy jungle.
The neats are much the same as those of P. b. robinsoni, and Oates’s description of the one taken by him in Pegu would do for most. He writes:— "Nest in small tree, well concealed by leaves, about 7 feet from the ground, near Pegu. A very neat cup measuring three inches diameter externally and internally. The depth
1. 3/4 outside, 1.1/4 inside. The sides of the nest, though very strongly woven, can be seen through. The materials consist of fine branch¬lets of weeds, and the inside is neatly lined with grass. One or two dead leaves, or rather fragments, are used in the exterior walling.
“Subsequently I found five other nests, from the 1st April to the 20th June, all similar to the one described.”
The breeding season seems to be very protracted. May and June are probably the months in which most eggs are laid, but they have been taken from the 20th March to the 12th August.
The number of eggs laid is generally three, occasionally two only, and once Mackenzie found a four.
They are just the same as those of the other subspecies, like poorly-marked eggs of the pale Otocompsa and Molpastes type.
Fifty eggs average 20.8 x 15.7 mm. : maxima 22.5 x 16.9 mm. ; minima 19.3 x 15.9 and 20.0 x 14.7 mm.

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 1. 1932.
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436. Pycnonotus blanfordi blanfordi
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Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Pegu Olive Bulbul
Pycnonotus blanfordi blanfordi
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