1249. Zosterops palpebrosa egregia

(1249) Zosterops palpebrosa egregia Madarasz.
Zosterops palpebrosa egregia, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd, ed. vol. iii, p. 361.
This race of White-Eye is confined to the Laccadives and Ceylon, but Bourdillon always thought that the bird in the extreme South of Travancore was the same as the Ceylon form.
This White-Eye makes a little pendent cup-nest just like those of its cousins in shape and size, but often moss is included among the materials of which it is built. Generally this is used on the outside only but, sometimes also, is mixed in with the other materials of the walls. The lining is often of hair, sometimes that of human beings.
They seem to breed at great heights from the ground more con¬sistently than the other races of palpebrosa, Phillips speaks of nests over 30 feet from the ground, while Tunnard notes : “This nest was built at the thin end of a branch of a tall Cyprus-tree about 12' from the ground. Cyprus-trees seem to be great favourites with these birds, as I have seen many nests built in them, and know of at least three in this particular tree at the beginning of the year, but they were all too high up for me to get the eggs,”
Phillips found them breeding in the tea-bushes in Tea Estates at elevations up to 4,000 feet, while Wait says their nests are generally placed in slender forks of branches of small trees between 6 and 20 feet from the ground.
Wait also refers to their gregarious habits, which (vide Tunnard, supra) seem to persist even in the breeding season.
Phillips, Tunnard and Jenkins took most of their nests in April and early May, while the second-named also found nests “in the beginning of the year.” Wait says that the breeding months are June and August.
The number of eggs laid is two or three, one as often as the other, and they are of the usual pale spotless blue.
Thirty-five eggs, including those in Wait’s collection, average 15.7 x 11.5 mm. : maxima 16.5 x 12.0 and 16.5 x 12.3 mm. ; minima 14.0 x 11.3 and 14.6 x 10.7 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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1249. Zosterops palpebrosa egregia
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Small Ceylon White Eye
Zosterops palpebrosus egregius
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