(401) Molpastes haemorrhous nigripileus.
THE TENASSERIM RED-VENTED BULBUL.
Pycnonotus nigripileus Blyth, J. A. S. B., xvi, p. 472 (1847) (Tenasserim). Molpastes nigripileus. Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 270.
Vernacular names. Boh-ka-lone (Burmese).
Colours of soft parts as usual. Legs and feet black.
Measurements. Wing about 85 to 99 mm.
Distribution. Burma East of the Sittang River, as far South as Tenasserim and North to Karenni. The range of this bird and that of the next has been very much confused. It appears that the whole of the South Burmese race East of the Sittang and Peninsular Siam must be placed under the name nigripileus. Oates in allowing two races to occur in the same area has been misled by the fact that hero and there among birds from North-East 'Tenasserim one meets with individuals which have rather light car-coverts, thus showing some approach to the next race.
Nidification. Darling found a nest of this bird containing three eggs on the 16th March in Tenasserim. This is recorded as that of the Chinese Red-vented Bulbul. Nest and eggs are in no way distinguishable from those of others of the genus. The few eggs I have seen average about 24.1x17.0 mm. but a larger series would assuredly decrease these figures.
Habits. This bird is said to be even more of a forest and jungle bird than the last, otherwise there is nothing to note about it.