670. Merula erythrotis

670. Merula erythrotis.

Davison's Blackbird.

Merula erythrotis, Damson, Ibis, 1880, p. 205.

Coloration. The type of this species, the only specimen I have seen, is in the British Museum. It appears to be a female, and resembles the only female of M. bourdilloni contained in the same collection in general appearance. It differs, however, in having a supercilium, the lores, the sides of the head, cheeks, and chin rufous-brown.

Davison discovered this specimen, with another similar to it, in the Museum of Trivandrum in Travancore, and they are thought to have been obtained in the Palghat hills in Travancore. Davison remarks on the triangular bare patch of skin behind the eye in this species, but this patch is present, in a more or less distinct form, in all Thrushes, and forms no character of any value.

Length about 10; tail 4.1; wing 4.8; tarsus 1.2; bill from gape 1.2.

Distribution. Probably the Palghat hills in Travancore.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Reference: 
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.2 1890.
Title in Book: 
670. Merula erythrotis
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
CatNo: 
670
Year: 
1890
Page No: 
135
Common name: 
Davisons Black Bird
Volume: 
Vol. 2
id: 
918

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