432. Pycnonotus cyaniventris cyaniventris

(432) Pycnonotus cyaniventris cyaniventris Blyth.
Pycnonotus cyaniventris cyaniventris, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 416.
This Blue-bellied Bulbul occurs throughout peninsular Siam and Burma to Sumatra.
We know practically nothing about the nidification of this Bulbul and very little of its life history. Prom Davison’s remarks it appears to be a bird of forests, keeping much to scrub and open spaces just on their outskirts, and retreating to their interior when dis¬turbed.
The only nests ever taken were three by Kellow, one close to Taiping and two near Perak. One nest and two eggs were sent me with the skin of the parent bird and two other clutches sent the following year, said to be of the same bird.
Kellow describes the nests as “like small neat nests of Otocompsa. They are made of roots and coarse grasses and all had a few leaves in the base of the nest well bound round with the roots. The lining is of roots and coarse grass-stems, principally the latter. All three were placed in low bushes in scrub-jungle just on the edges of deep evergreen forest.
The three nests were taken, one each, in April, May and June.
The two eggs sent me with the skin of one of the birds are exactly like the small, speckled, purple-brown eggs of P. finlaysoni and P. melanicterus, obviously Pycnonotus eggs of some kind. They measure 21.4 x 16.2 and 21.4 x 16.6 mm. Another clutch of three are of the same character but the blotches are much redder and the bigger underlying clouds of grey show through much more. Still, one would call them quite typical Pycnonotus eggs. They measure 20.0 x 15.1 to 20.5 x 15.5 mm. The third clutch are bigger eggs of the purple-red blotched type so common in Molpastes, and these measure 22.0 x 15.5, 20.7 x 15.6 and 21.9 x 15.3 mm.

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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432. Pycnonotus cyaniventris cyaniventris
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Blue Bellied Bulbul*
Pycnonotus cyaniventris cyaniventris
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