410(a). Otocompsa jocosa provineialis

(410 a) Otocompsa jocosa provineialis Whistler .
Otocompsa emeria emeria, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 394 (part.).
Whistler restricts this new race to the “Valley of Nepal, United Provinces and Bihar.”
The nidification, of course, differs in no way from that of the Bengal bird, from which I could not distinguish it. Adams found it “very common in Oudh. It affects gardens and low scrub jungle, flying about with a jerky flight from bush to bush.
“They build in clumps of moong-grass about 2 to 3 feet from the ground. One I found in a creeper about 20 feet from the ground. The nest is well fixed in the grass and fastened to it by intertwining some of the fibres of which it is composed. It is cup-shaped and measures 4 inches in diameter, about 0.75 in thickness, with an egg-cavity 2.75 in diameter and 1.5 inch deep.
“The nest is formed of roots, twigs and grass loosely forked together, and, over the exterior, with a view of binding the nest together, dried or skeleton leaves, pieces of cloth, broad pieces of grass, and plantain bark are carelessly fastened on by means of cobwebs and the silk from cocoons.
“I have never found more than three eggs ; on several occasions only two.”
Whymper found them breeding in some numbers in the Kuman Terai at about 2,000 feet, “nesting in low bushes and where the long grass was mingled with the bush.”
The eggs are just like those of the last bird and the few I have been able to measure average about 20.6 x 15.6 mm., but a bigger series would probably give a bigger average.
* From this place, of course, they would be nests and eggs of Whistler’s abuensis, the race which is dealt with in this work after the present form.

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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410(a). Otocompsa jocosa provineialis
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Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Kuman Red-whiskered Bulbul
Pycnonotus jocosus pyrrhotis
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