(983) Sturnia malabarica blythii.
Pastor blythii Jerdon, Madr. Journ. Lit. Sci., xiii, p. 133 (1844) (Malabar). Sturnia blythii. Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 526.
Vernacular names. Pali palisa (Tel.).
Description. Differs from S. m. malabarica in having the whole head, neck and breast white ; the grey of the upper parts is paler and there is little or no rufous tinge to the rump ; the flanks and abdomen are paler rufous ; the axillaries and under wing-coverts are whiter and the white shoulder wing-patch is generally more conspicuous.
Colours of soft parts as in the preceding bird.
Measurements about the same as in the preceding race. Wing 96 to 106 mm.
Distribution. Breeding on the Malabar Coast and Travancore South of Belgaum. Belgaum seems to be the meeting-ground of the two races when breeding and many specimens from that district are intermediate between the two, whilst some individuals are much nearer one than the other. Breeding birds from the Wynaad, Nilgiris and Palnis all appear to be of this race. Its Eastern limit appears to be Manjarabad in Mysore.
Nidification. Similar to that of the preceding bird. The eggs cannot be distinguished but average about 23.5 x 18.2 mm. The breeding-season seems to be principally April but probably extends into May. They breed from the level of the Plains up to about 2,500 feet.
Habits. Similar to those of S. m. malabarica.