229. Zosterops ceylonensis

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.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Reference: 
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.1 1889.
Title in Book: 
229. Zosterops ceylonensis
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
CatNo: 
229
Year: 
1889
Page No: 
215
Common name: 
Ceylon White Eye
M_ID: 
25500
M_CN: 
Sri Lanka White-eye
M_SN: 
Zosterops ceylonensis
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
313

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