Otocompsa leucotis, Gould.
459. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 91; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. III, p. 473 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 135.
THE WHITE-EARED CRESTED BULBUL.
Length, 7; wing, 3.5; tail, 3.25; tarsus, 0.75; bill at front, 0.45.
Whole head and neck black, passing into' rich brown on the neck ; ear-coverts, and a patch below them, white, edged black; upper plumage earthy-brown; tail brown at the base, the terminal half blackish-brown, with the edges white, most broadly so on the outer feathers; beneath, from the breast, whity-brown; the under tail-coverts rich saffron yellow.
The White-eared Crested Bulbul is a very common permanent resident in Sind, and is far from being uncommon in Guzerat; it does not occur in the Deccan. They breed from May to August; the nests are usually built in dense tamarisk thickets, (occasionally in babool trees), four or five feet from the ground. The nests are composed of fine twigs and roots, scantily lined with fine grass. They are cup-shaped, slenderly, but compactly built. The eggs, three or four in number, are longish ovals pointed at one end, reddish-white in color, spotted, streaked, and blotched with brownish purplish-red.
They measure 0.82 inches in length by 0.64 in breadth.