(1251) Zosterops palpebrosa nicobariensis.
The Nicobar White-Eye.
Zosterops nicobariensis Blyth, J. A. S. B., xiv,1845, p. 56.3 (Nicobars). Zosterops palpebrosa. Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 214 (part).
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. Very similar to Z. p. palpebrosa from Southern India but much darker. The bill is as large as in that form. I cannot separate Richmond's Z. ventralis from Car Nicobar from this race.
Colours of soft parts as in the other races.
Measurements. Wing 52 to 55 mm. ; culmen 11 to 12 mm.
Distribution. Andamans, Nicobars and Car Nicobar.
Nidification. Similar to that of the other subspecies. Messrs. Anderson, Wickham and Osmaston took nests in May but the last-mentioned says that they are generally late breeders and that most eggs are laid in -June and July. Two only are laid. Eleven eggs average 15.9 x 12.2 mm.: maxima 16.5 x 12.0 and 16.0 x 12.5 mm.; minima 14.9 X 12.0 and 16.3 x 11.9 mm.
Habits. Those of the species generally. A common bird in the Andamans and especially round Port Blair. The " intestines of a bird dissected by Blyth contained numerous hard black seeds about the size of No. 8 shot.