(1254) Zosterops aureiventris aureiventris.
Zosterops aureiventer Hume, Str. Feath., vi, 1878, p. 519 (Tavoy). Zosterops aureiventris. Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 215.
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. Differs from all forms of palpebrosa in its short, black tail, measuring 30 to 32 mm. as against 34 to 37 mm.; the green margins to the tail-feathers are absent or obsolete, so that the tail is practically wholly black; there is a definite broad yellow streak down the centre of the breast and abdomen and the Hanks are pale grey, albescent where they meet the yellow stripe.
Colours of soft parts. Iris hazel or brown; bill plumbeous, the tip and culmen almost black; legs and feet dark blue-grey.
Measurements. Wing 51 to 52 mm.: tail 30 to 32 mm.: tarsus 14 to 15 mm.; culmen 10 to 11 mm.
Distribution. " A coastal form ranging from Tenasserim along the coast of the Malay Peninsula to Banka, and possibly Java and the low country of Eastern Sumatra " (Robinson & Kloss). I cannot separate Z. buxtoni from the typical race. The type-specimens are bleached by being in spirit but other specimens are in no way different from the Tavoy birds.
Nidification. A series of eggs taken for me by Kellow near Perak are not distinguishable from those of the other species of White-Eye. Twenty eggs average 15.5 x 11.8 mm.: maxima 16.3 X 12.1 and minima 14.1 X 11.3 mm.
They breed from February to May but principally in the latter month. The nests were ail taken from bushes or trees standing in the thick secondary growth of deserted cultivation; some were built in low bushes and some in high trees up to 30 feet from the ground. The nests which were sent me are like those of the Indian White-Eye, very neat little cups of grass, roots and cotton-down felted together with spiders' webs.
Habits. Practically nothing recorded but apparently they do not differ from those of the other White-Eyes.