1252. Zosterops simplex peguensis

(1252) Zosterops simplex peguensis Stuart Baker.
Zosterops simplex peguensis, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iii, p. 303.
The range of this White-Eye extends over the greater part of Central Burma from Karenni and Maymyo to about the latitude of Pegu or a little South of that district.
The nest is like those of the various races of the preceding species and, like them, is placed generally low down in bushes but sometimes at great heights in tall trees. The sites selected are nearly always in open country, rarely in light woods and never in heavy evergreen-forest, but the birds are very partial to the rather thin secondary growth on deserted cultivation. Occasionally also they breed in gardens.
Most of my correspondents describe the nest as just like that of Zosterops palpebrosa. Macdonald, Osmaston and Mackenzie all say that it is a stout little nest, and the first-named describes some sent me as follows:—“These nests and eggs are just like those of the common Indian White-Eye, very neat little cups of fine grass, well matted together with bits of spiders’ webs and then lined with the finest grass-stems. The outside of the nest has some moss, cotton down and other material mixed in with the grass, but it is all very neatly and compactly finished off. It is, of course, pendent, like an Oriole’s, between small twigs or in a horizontal fork.”
Hopwood alone says that the nest is a “neat but flimsy cup,” Mackenzie obtained one nest with three eggs on the 14th April at Maymyo, but with this exception all eggs taken by the other collectors named were found between the 3rd May (Osmaston, Maymyo) and the 11th July (Hopwood, Maymyo).
The eggs of this species are quite typical of the genus, but very rarely one finds pure white eggs, not blue eggs so pale that they look white, but eggs of a true chalky white with no tinge of any othercolour. Two or three eggs are laid, and once Macdonald found a clutch of four.
Twenty-six eggs average 15.7 x 11.3 mm. : maxima 17.0 x 12.0 and 16.7 x 12.2 mm. ; minima 14.0 x 9.4 mm.

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 3. 1934.
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1252. Zosterops simplex peguensis
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Stuart baker.
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Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Pegu White Eye
Zosterops japonicus simplex
Vol. 3

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