268. Alophoixus phaeocephalus.
The Crestless White-throated Bulbul.
Ixos phaeocephalus, Hartl. Bev. Zool. 1844, p. 401. Criniger gularis (Horsf.), apud Blyth, Cat. p. 208. Criniger cantori, Moore, P. Z. S. 1854, p. 279; Horsf. & M. Cat. i, p. 410. Criniger phaeocephalus (Hartl.), Wald. Ibis, 1871, p. 169, pl. vi, fig. 2; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 302 ; Hume, Cat. no. 451 quat.; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vi, p. 74; Oates, B. B. i, p. 183.
Coloration. Crown of head and the nape blackish, each feather edged with bluish grey; lores whitish; sides of the head and neck and a narrow half-collar on the hind neck ashy grey, darker posteriorly : chin and throat white; remaining lower plumage bright yellow washed with olive on the sides of the body; under wing-coverts yellow; back, ramp, and upper wing-coverts olive-green, the lateral feathers of the rump washed with yellow at the tips ; upper tail-coverts and tail rufous-brown ; wings dark brown, the outer webs rufescent.
The legs, feet, and claws vary from fleshy white (sometimes with a pinkish tinge) to fleshy yellow; the upper mandible from dark plumbeous to dark horny-brown; lower mandible and edges of upper mandible pale plumbeous; irides snuff-brown, burnt sienna-brown, or reddish brown (Hume & Davison).
Length rather more than 8 ; tail 3.5 ; wing 3.6; tarsus .8 ; bill from gape 1.
Distribution. The extreme south of Tenasserim, where this Bulbul appears to be common. It extends down the Malay peninsula to Sumatra and Borneo.
Habits, &c. Davison remarks that he has always found this bird in pairs or singly in thick forest and thin jungle, but never in clearings or gardens. Its note differs much from that of the other Bulbuls, but is of the same character.