437. Pycnonotus brunneus brunneus

(437) Pycnonotus brunneus brunneus Blyth.
Pycnonotus simplex simplex, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 421.
Pycnonotus brunneus brunneus, Blyth, J. A. S. B. vol. xiv, p. 568, 1845 : Malacca.
This Bulbul seems to be more a bird of thin forest than of towns and villages. Davidson says it is sparingly distributed throughout the greater part of Tenasserim in well-wooded parts, but there are specimens obtained by him actually in Tenasserim town and, also, apparently in Pakpoon and Mergui. South of Tenasserim it is found throughout the Malay States and into Sumatra.
The only recorded note on its breeding is that of Davison in ‘Stray Feathers,’ where he says : “I took a nest of P. simplex in some rather thick jungle at Klang. The nest, of the ordinary Bulbul type (in fact it might easily have passed for a nest of Oto¬compsa), was placed in the fork of a small sapling about six feet from the ground. The nest contained two eggs. The female was shot from the nest.
“The eggs are moderately elongated, rather regular ovals, some specimens having a slight pyriform tendency. The shell is fine and compact and seems to have an appreciable but not striking gloss. The ground-colour appears to have been creamy pink, and it is very thickly freckled and speckled all over with a rich maroon, in among which tiny clouds of pale purple may be faintly discerned. Dense as are the markings everywhere, they are generally most so in a zone round the larger end. Very possibly this species will be found to exhibit somewhat different types of coloration, as the eggs of all Bulbuls vary very much, but certainly typically the markings of this species are much more speckly than in most of the others, forming a universal stippling over the whole surface. The two eggs measured 0.9 and 0.88 in length by 0.62 in breadth,”
Eggs and nests sent me from the Malay States and obtained from the Waterstradt collection agree well with the above.

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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437. Pycnonotus brunneus brunneus
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Brown Eared Olive Bulbul
Pycnonotus brunneus brunneus
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