245. Aegithina nigrilutea

245. Aegithina nigrilutea.

Marshall's Iora.

Iora nigrolutea, G. F. L. Marshall, S. F. iv, p. 410 (1876); Hume, S. F. v, pp. 134, 441, vii, p. 454; id, Cat. no. 468 bis. Aegithina nigrolutea (Marsh.), Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vi, p. 12.

Coloration. Male. In summer plumage the forehead, crown, nape, and lores are black; upper back bright yellow, delicately fringed with black ; lower back the same, but with more black; upper tail-coverts black; tail black, broadly tipped with white; lesser coverts and scapulars black ; median coverts white; greater coverts black, tipped with white ; quills black, narrowly margined with greenish, the secondaries and tertiaries tipped white ; sides of the head and neck and the whole lower plumage bright yellow; under wing-coverts white.

In winter the male has the upper plumage entirely dull greenish yellow, with, as a rule, a few black marks on the crown ; the other parts of the plumage are the same as in summer.

Female. The whole upper plumage greenish yellow; the upper tail-coverts black, fringed with green; a bright yellow ring round the eye; sides of the head and the whole lower plumage yellow ; the wings and tail as in the male, but the black is not so intense; the white parts are tinged with yellow in places, and the terminal half of the middle pair of tail-feathers is nearly all white tinged with ashy.

Legs and feet light plumbeous; bill horny; iris dark (Hume).

Length nearly 5.5; tail 1.8 ; wing 2.5 ; tarsus .7; bill from gape .6.

Distribution. Cutch ; the eastern half of Rajputana ; the southern portion of the Punjab; the North-West Provinces; Malwa; Bundelkhand; the northern portion of the Central Provinces; Eastern Bengal as far east, at least, as Mudhupur in the Sonthal Pergunnahs.

Habits, &c. Nothing in particular is on record regarding the Habits of this species, which, however, are not likely to differ from those of AE. tiphia.

The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.1 1889.
Title in Book: 
245. Aegithina nigrilutea
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Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
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Marshalls Iora
Marshall's Iora
Aegithina nigrolutea
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