229. Zosterops ceylonensis.
The Ceylon White-eye.
Zosterops annulosus, Kelaart, Prod. p. 121 (nec Swainson). Zosterops ceylonensis, Holdsworth, P. Z. S. 1872, p. 459, pl. 20, fig. 2 ; Hume, S. F. vii, p. 404; Legge, Birds Ceyl. p. 585, pl. xxvi, fig. 2; Hume, Cat. no. 631 bis ; Gadow, Cat. B. M. ix, p. 173; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. i, p. 145.
Coloration. Upper plumage together with the sides of the neck olive-green; wings and tail dark brown edged with olive-green; a ring of white feathers round the eye ; lores and under the eye blackish; chin, throat, upper breast, and under tail-coverts dull oil-yellow ; lower breast and abdomen greyish white.
Iris yellowish brown or reddish brown or pale brownish yellow; bill blackish, with the base beneath bluish or pale slaty; legs and feet bluish or pale leaden (Legge).
Length about 4.5 ; tail 1.75; wing 2.2 ; tarsus .65 ; bill from gape .6.
Distribution. Ceylon, above 1500 feet of elevation.
Habits, &c. Breeds from March to May. The nest and eggs appear to resemble those of Z. palpebrosa. The eggs measure about .64 by .45.