554. Aethiopsar albicinctus.
The Collared Myna.
Acridotheres albocinetus, Godw.-Aust. & Wald. Ibis, 1875, p. 251 ; Godw.-Aust. J. A. S. B. xlv, pt. ii, p. 200, pl. v; Hume, S. F. iv, p. 217 ; id. Cat. no. 086 ter; Salvadori, Ann. Mus. Civ. Gen. (2) iv, p. 604; Oates, Ibis, 1888, p. 72, pl. i; Hume, S. F. xi, p. 262; Sharpe, Cat, B. M. xiii, p. 94.
Coloration. The whole upper plumage, wings, and tail black, with a slight gloss; the base of the primaries and the tips of the primary-coverts white; the tail tipped with white; a pale buff collar from side to side of neck, interrupted on the hind neck, which is merely streaked with buff; lower plumage greyish black, the feathers of the vent and under tail-coverts tipped with white; under wing-coverts and axillaries black, the latter very narrowly tipped with white.
Legs and feet full, sometimes rather deep, wax-yellow; claws a paler or darker brown, whitish horny at tips; bill pale wax-yellow, with a touch of red or orange on the sides of the lower mandible just at its base; iris yellowish or bluish white to pale caerulean blue (Hume).
Length about 10; tail 3.2; wing 5.2; tarsus 1.4; bill from gape 1.2.
Distribution. Manipur; Bhamo and neighbourhood.
Habits, &c. Hume states that this species is found in pairs or in parties up to 80 in number, feeding on the ground or on the insects and nectar in the huge flowers of the cotton-tree. It is said to be locally migratory in Manipur.