Otocompsa fuscicaudata, Gould.
4606is. :- Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. III, p. 473; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 402.
THE SOUTHERN RED-WHISKERED BULBUL.
Length, 8; expanse, 11; wing, 3.75; tail, 3.9; tarsus, 0.9; bill at front, 0.5.
Head, with crest, black; ear-coverts 'white, with a tuft of glossy hair-like crimson feathers over the ears, and reaching beyond them ; a narrow line of black borders the ear-coverts beneath ; plumage above light hair-brown, darker on the quills and on the tail, especially towards the tip; beneath from the chin white, the sides of the breast dark-brown, forming an interrupted gorget.
The Southern Red-whiskered Bulbul is common on the Sahyadri Range and adjacent forests; it is also very common at Aboo.
It is a permanent resident and breeds from March to May. The nests are neatly made, and are of a deep cup-shape, composed of grass roots, with a quantity of dead leaves or dried ferns worked into the bottom and lined with fine grass. The eggs, two or three in number, are reddish-white in color, thickly mot¬tled, freckled, and streaked with rich blood-red, with a few scarcely visible spots of pale inky-purple.
They measure 0.9 inches in Length, by 0.66 in breadth.