187. Turdoides striatus striatus

(187) Turdoides striatus striatus (Swains.).
Turdoides griseus striatus, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. i, p. 194.
Turdoides striatus striatus, ibid. vol. viii, p. 601.
This Babbler is confined to Ceylon, where it is one of the most common birds over the whole of the Plains. On the North it ascends the hills to some 3,000 feet or, perhaps, higher, whilst in the South, at Uva and elsewhere, it ascends at least to 4,000 feet. It is a bird of scrub and bush country, only occurring casually in forest. On the other hand it frequents gardens, parks and villager and is a most confiding and familiar little bird.
Eggs have been taken in every month of the year but, over most of its range, March, April and May seem to be the favourite breeding months. In Anasigalla Phillips noticed most birds breeding in February, but he took two eggs as late as October in this district.
The nest is described by Wait (‘Birds of Ceylon,’ p. 43) as “a fairly compact cup made of coarse grass and plant stalks and lined with finer grass. It is usually placed in the fork of a shrub from four to six feet from the ground but I have found it in the branches of a tree as high as 20 feet up.” In letters to me he adds that the nests are often placed in boundary hedges between gardens. Sometimes the nests are not nearly so well built. Phillips describes one as a “flimsy, untidy, cup-shaped nest of wiry fern-stems, lined with finer do. ; breadth of cup 3.1/4", depth 2", placed in a small fork of a rubber tree 30 feet from the ground.”
The eggs are the usual glossy blue, typical of the genus, and are also of the usual short, broad oval with obtuse smaller ends. Three is the usual clutch, very rarely four, and sometimes two only.
Fifty eggs average 23.8 x 18.4 mm. : maxima 26.2 x 17.6 and 26.0 x 19.5 mm. ; minima 21.8 x 17.8 and 25.8 x 17.2 mm.

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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187. Turdoides striatus striatus
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Ceylon Babbler
Turdoides striata striata
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