Acridotheres mahrattensis

Acridotheres mahrattensis, Sykes.

686bis. :- Butler, Deccan ; Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 412.

THE SOUTHERN DUSKY MYNA

Length, 9.5 ; wing, 5 ; tail, 3; tarsus, 1.4; bill at front, 07.

Bill orange-yellow; irides pale blue ; legs yellow.

The whole head, small frontal crest, and ear-coverts, glossy black; the upper plumage fuscous black, or blackish-brown, with a vinous tinge; primaries black, with a white spot near their base; tail also black, white-tipped, most broadly on the outer feathers ; beneath, the throat and breast dull cinereous-blackish ; abdomen reddish-cinereous, paling in the centre, whitish on the vent, and the under tail-coverts pure white ; the secondaries are glossed with bronze towards their end.

This Myna is a permanent resident in the more hilly districts of the Deccan. The only difference between mahrattensis and fuscus is that the irides of the former are pale-blue, while those of the latter are yellow.

BookTitle: 
Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Reference: 
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
Title in Book: 
Acridotheres mahrattensis
Spp Author: 
Sykes.
Book Author: 
Barnes, H. Edwin
Year: 
1885
Page No: 
255
Common name: 
Sourn Dusky Myna
M_ID: 
26791
M_SN: 
Acridotheres fuscus mahrattensis
id: 
11781

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