402. Molpastes cafer chrysorrhoides

(402) Molpastes cafer chrysorrhoides Lafr.
Molpastes hoemorrhous chrysorrhoides, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 387.
Molpastes cafer chrysorrhoides, ibid. vol. viii, p. 613.
The Chinese race of Red-vented Bulbul ranges from South¬
- West China into the Shan States, Kachin and Bhamo Hills and the North of Karenni. Birds from North and Central Siam are also of this form.
There is very little written about the nidification of this Bulbul in Burma but Harington found it breeding at Sinlum Kaba in the Bhamo Hills and at and round Taunggyi in the Southern Shan States, while Wickham took its nest at Yatsauk, in the South Shan States.
There has been nothing recorded about its habits either, but Vaughan and Jones say that in China it “occurs on the coast and inland, but always shows a decided preference for sparsely wooded hills and for localities at a distance from human habitations.
“The Black-headed Bulbul invariably attacks the Chinese Blue Magpie (Urocissa erythrorhyncha) whenever that marauder approaches its nest, and with much clamour and great valour always drives the thief away.
“The nest, a flimsy structure, is usually placed in a fir-tree, and often at a considerable elevation.
“The eggs vary from two to six in number, but are usually three or four, and are of the common Bulbul type.”
Harington, under the name of nigripileus, writes (Journ. Bomb. Nat. Hist. Soc. vol. xiv, p. 597, 1902) :—“ It nests chiefly in April and May, making a flimsy nest of leaves, grasses etc. lined with fine grass. I found one curious nest made of bits of the ‘Pioneer’ newspaper. Eggs generally three, sometimes only two.”
In the few nests found in Burma and recognized as being of this Bulbul there have been only two or three eggs. The colour seems to run through all the usual variations, the series, as a whole, being rather dull but not pale, handsomely marked or exceptionally marked sets of eggs being rare.
Fifty eggs average 22.0 x 16.6 mm. : maxima 24.3 x 17.0 and 24.0 x 18.0 mm. ; minima 19.7 x 16.0 and 22.1 x 15.1 mm.
In Burma nests have been taken in May and June, whilst in China Vaughan and Jones took nests with eggs in May, June and early July.

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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Chinese Red Vented Bulbul
Red-vented Bulbul
Pycnonotus cafer
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