1253. Zosterops siamensis

(1253) Zosterops siamensis Blyth.
THE SIAMESE WHITE-EYE.
Zosterops siamensis, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iii, p. 364.
The Siamese White-Eye is a resident over the whole of Burma, from Mt. Victoria in the Chin Hills on the West and from the Southern Shan States on the East to Southern Tenasserim, while farther East again it occurs throughout Siam and Cochin China. This is a bird alike of plains and high mountains, being resident and breeding both in the mangrove-swamps along the sea-shore and on the highest hills, such as Muleyit and Mt. Victoria, up to 7,000 feet. It is more of a forest bird than any of the White-Eyes already dealt with except the Cachar race of palpebrosa. It does not, however, breed far into the interior of forest, and is often also found in open but well-wooded grass-lands.
Two nests and eggs and four birds—the parents—were collected for me near Moulmein in Tenasserim on the 24th and 27th March, and Mackenzie obtained one nest on the 13th May near Tavoy. These are all the nests and eggs of which I have any knowledge. The two nests sent me were built “very high up in trees standing in open grass-land.” The nests were the usual neat little cups of grass, moss, roots and a soft fibrous material, probably bark, closely woven and matted together with silken down and spiders’ webs. The linings were of very fine grass-stems.
The eggs are quite typical and ten average 15.1 x 11.4 mm. ; maxima 16.1 x 11.8 and 14.5 x 12.0 mm. ; minima 18.9 x 11.7 mm. and 15.0 x 11.0 mm.

BookTitle: 
The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Reference: 
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 3. 1934.
Title in Book: 
1253. Zosterops siamensis
Spp Author: 
Blyth.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1253
Year: 
1934
Page No: 
194
Common name: 
Siamese White Eye
M_ID: 
25493
M_SN: 
Zosterops palpebrosus siamensis
Volume: 
Vol. 3
id: 
14335

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