1248(a). Zosterops palpebrosa occidentis

(1248 a) Zosterops palpebrosa occidentis Ticehurst.
THE NORTH-WEST WHITE-EYE.
Zosterops palpebrosa occidentis, Ticehurst, Bull. B, O. C. xlvii, p. 88 (1927) ; Fauna B, I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. viii, p. 665.
The distribution of this race of White-Eye is, in my opinion, not quite so wide as given by Ticehurst but, of course, where two sub¬species meet they almost invariably merge into one another, and the precise point where they become indefinite may vary in different observers ideas. I would give the range as Guzerat, North to Balu¬chistan and more or less throughout the whole of the North-West Frontier Province and the Punjab, The United Provinces birds seem to be definitely elwesi, while those of the Garhwal and Simla Hills are equally certainly occidentis.
Nests and eggs and the sites chosen are similar to those of other White-Eyes. In Simla Dodsworth says that they breed commonly in the gardens and on the roadsides as well as in open but well-wooded country.
They breed from the level of the plains up to about 8,000 feet but, more commonly, below 5,000, at which latter elevation Whymper found them numerous about Naini-Tal.
In the hills this White-Eye breeds in April and May, while Thompson also found a nest in March in Garhwal, and a few birds lay in June (Whymper), In the plains most eggs will bo found much later. Anderson records that in the North-Western Provinces they breed in June, July and August ; Betham got nests in Guzerat in July and August, while others have taken nests in the Punjab from July to October, the latter exceptional.
Forty-eight eggs average 15.2 x 11.5 mm., showing them to he rather longer in proportion to their size than those- of elwesi : maxima 17.0 x 12.0 and 15.1 x 12.2 mm. ; minima 14.1 x 11.5 and 14.4 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: 
1248(a). Zosterops palpebrosa occidentis
Spp Author: 
Ticehurst.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
Year: 
1934
Page No: 
190
Common name: 
North-west White-eye
M_ID: 
25488
M_CN: 
Oriental White-eye
M_SN: 
Zosterops palpebrosus
Volume: 
Vol. 3
id: 
14329

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