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.