432. Pycnonotus cyaniventris cyaniventris

(432) Pycnonotus cyaniventris cyaniventris.

THE BLUE-BELLIED BULBUL*.

Pycnonotvs cyaniventris Blyth, J. A. S. B., xi, p. 792 (1841) (Malay Peninsula); Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 290.

Vernacular names. None recorded.

Description. The whole head and lower plumage deep slaty-blue ; lores black; forehead and a streak over the lores paler blue; upper plumage and wing-coverts bright greenish yellow; tail dark brown, the outer webs greenish yellow nearly up to the tips; wing-quills dark brown, all but the first two primaries edged with greenish yellow; under wing-coverts and edge pi wing pale yellow; under tail-coverts bright yellow.

Colours of soft parts. Iris dark brown, dark plumbeous slate and grey-brown; bill black; legs and feet very dark plumbeous, claws horny-brown, sometimes almost black.

Measurements. Total length about 165 mm.; wing 68 to 78 mm.; tail about 66 mm.; tarsus about 15 mm.; culmen 12 to 13 mm.

Distribution. Peninsular Burma and Siam to Sumatra.

Nidification. Nest and eggs collected by Mr. W. A. T. Kellow near Taiping in the Federated Malay States are just like small ones of Otocompsa. The nests were all in low bushes and con-tained two or three eggs which measured about 20.4 x 15.4 ram.
They seem to breed in April, May and June.

Habits. Davison found them either singly or in pairs on the outskirts of forest or in deserted clearings. He remarks :—" They live, so far as have been observed, entirely upon small berries of various sorts. They are rather shy, and on being alarmed beat a hasty retreat to the forest and other dense cover. Their note is a sharp, lively chirrup." Mr. Kellow found them very common about Taiping and apparently took many nests there.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds(second Edition)
Reference: 
Baker, EC S (1922–1930) The fauna of British India including Ceylon and Burma. Second edition. vol.1 1922.
Title in Book: 
432. Pycnonotus cyaniventris cyaniventris
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
432
Year: 
1922
Page No: 
416
Common name: 
Blue Bellied Bulbul*
M_ID: 
21937
M_SN: 
Pycnonotus cyaniventris cyaniventris
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
2908

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