(406) Molpastes leucogenys leucotis.
THE WHITE-EARED BULBUL.
Ixos leucotis Gould, P.Z. S., 1836, p. 6 (India orientali) (restricted to Punjab). Molpastes leucotis. Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 273.
Vernacular names. Kangdhara (Beng.); Kushandra or Kun-shanbra (Punjab) ; Bhooroo (Sind).
This bird is a black-headed crestless form of the last bird; the general colour above is also decidedly paler.
Colours of soft parts. Iris brown; bill and legs black.
Measurements. Just about the same size as the White-cheeked Bulbul, the wing running from 86 to 93 nun.; the bill, however, is much smaller than in either the preceding or the following bird., measuring only about 12 to 13 mm. In shape it is rather stout and blunt instead of slender as in leucogenys or very stout and heavy as in humii.
Distribution. Sind; Cutch; Guzerat; Rajputana; Punjab; the N.W. Provinces South to Etawa and Central India as far East as Jhansi, Saugor and Hoshangabad.
Nidification. This differs in no way from that of the White-cheeked Bulbul but the eggs average about 21.0 x 15.9 mm.
Habits. This bird is merely a plains form of M. l. leucogenys, which is a hill Bulbul. It is also more exclusively a bird of civilization, breeding round about villages, gardens and orchards and frequenting lightly-wooded and cultivated country rather than those parts where the woods are at all extensive.