Zosterops palpebrosa, Tem.
631. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 265; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. III, p. 491; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 413; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 174: Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India; Ibis, 1885, p. 127.
THE WHITE-EYED TIT.
Length, 4.5; expanse, 6.5 ; wing, 2.33; tail, 1.7; tarsus, 0.75; bill at front, 0.33 to 0.4.
Bill blackish, horny at base beneath; irides light yellow-brown ; legs reddish-horny.
Above light siskin-green, with a circle of close white feathers round the eyes; throat and upper breast canary yellow; belly bluish-white; leg feathers, lower tail-coverts, and some of the feathers on the abdomen, tinged with pale-yellow.
The White-eyed Tit is a common permanent resident in the Deccan, breeding from April to September; the nest is a soft, delicate,. little cup, suspended between two twigs, occasionally in, a fork, and is composed of fine grass, roots, &c, attached to the twigs from which it is suspended by cobwebs or vegetable fibres.
The eggs, two or three in number, are of a moderately lengthened oval shape, pointed at one end, of a pale blue color, quite unspotted. They average 0.62 inches in length by about 0.47 in breadth.
In other parts of the Presidency it only occurs, I believe, as a cold weather visitant; it is extremely rare in Sind.