428. Pycnonotus finlaysoni davisoni

(428) Pycnonotus finlaysoni davisoni (Hume).
Pycnonotus finlaysoni davisoni, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 413.
This Stripe-throated Bulbul replaces the preceding in Western Burma from the Chin Hills to Tenasserim West of the Sittoung River.
All we know of the breeding of this Bulbul is included in Oates’s notes in Hume’s ‘Nest and Eggs,’ and the birds seem to have quite defeated all our latest collectors and ornithologists. Oates writes :—
“The nest is a flimsy structure, built of stems of small weeds and lined with grass. A few fine black tree-roots are twisted round the egg-chamber. The outside and inside diameters measure 4 and 3 inches, and the depths are similarly 3 and 1.1/4. Both nests were placed low down, about 4 feet from the ground—one in a bush, and the other in a creeper.
“The eggs vary much in size ; one pair measures .92 and .88 by .60 and .65 and the other .83 and .82 by .65 and .61 respectively ; the ground-colour of all is a pinkish white. In one pair the shell- blotches of washed-out purple are spread over the whole egg and the surface-spots and dashes of carneous red are also equally spread over the whole shell. In the other pair the shell-marks are grouped round the larger end to form a broad ring, and the whole egg is thickly speckled and spotted with bright reddish. The eggs are very slightly glossy.”
Each nest contained two eggs and off each nest the female was shot. If we reduce the sizes given for the eggs from inches to millimetres we find they measure between 23.3 x 16.5 and 20.8 x 15.5 mm. Both descriptions and sizes. of these eggs, authentic without doubt, help us to believe in the large eggs of the preceding bird.
Oates took his eggs on the 1st and 6th of June.

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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428. Pycnonotus finlaysoni davisoni
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Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Davisons Stripe Throated Bulbul
Pycnonotus finlaysoni davisoni
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