(399) Molpastes hsemorrhous pallidus.
THE CENTRAL INDIAN RED-VENTED BULBUL.
Molpastes haemorrhous pallidus Stuart Baker, Bull. B. O. C, xxxvii. p. 15 (1917) (Deesa).
Vernacular names. Bulbul and Bulbuli (Hind.); Tonki-Bulbul (Western Bengal).
Description. This bird only differs from typicd hcemorrlious in being paler both above and below aud having much broader white or greyish-white edges to the feathers, these greatly increasing the general paleness of the whole plumage.
Colours of soft parts as in the last bird.
Measurements. Much the same as in the Ceylon Red-vented Bulbul; wing about 87 to 97 mm.
Distribution. Continental India roughly North of a line running from 18° on the East, to about 20° on the West. It is found as far North as Behar and Western Bengal on the East and through Bundelkhand and the Rewah States to the southern portions of Rajputana, Cutch and Kathiawar.
Nidification in no way different to that of the last bird except that clutches of four eggs are not uncommon in the north-east of the range, whilst clutches of two are exceptional anywhere but in the south-west. Forty eggs average 22.3 x 16.1 mm., the extremes being practically the same as in the preceding subspecies.
Habits. Those of the genus.