313. Micropus phaeocephalus.
The Grey-headed Bulbul.
Brachypus poiocephalus, Jerd. Madr. Journ. L. S. x, p. 246 (1839). Brachypodius poiocephalus (Jerd.), Blyth, Cat. p. 212 ; Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 89; Hume, Cat. no. 457 ; Butler, S. F. ix, p. 402; Davison, S. F. x, p. 384; Barnes, Birds Bom. p. 186. Micropus phaeocephalus (Jerd.), Sharpe, Cat. B. M. vi, p. 68.
Coloration. Forehead olive-yellow ; chin blackish ; cheeks greyish yellow; remainder of head clear bluish grey; upper side of neck, back, and scapulars olive-green; rump-feathers black with broad pale yellow tips; upper tail-coverts and the four middle tail-feathers bluish grey with dark shafts, the others black, broadly edged on both webs and tipped with bluish grey, the whole suffused with olive-green on the basal two thirds of their Length ; wings black, all the quills and coverts margined with olive-green, the outer webs of the tertiaries being entirely of this colour; breast, abdomen, and flanks oil-yellow; under tail-coverts bluish grey.
Iris blue-grey; bill pale green; legs and feet fleshy tinged orange; claws dusky (Davison).
Length about 7; tail 2.9 ; wing 2.9; tarsus .6; bill from gape .75.
Distribution. The western coast of India from about Anjango in Travancore to the vicinity of Belgaum. This appears to be a rare bird. Jerdon states that it is found from near the sea-level to about 2000 feet of elevation. Davison met with it near Coonoor and in the Wynaad, and Butler records it from the forests southwest of Belgaum.