513. Artamus leucogaster

513. Artamus leucogaster.

The White-rumped Swallow-Shrike.

? Lanius leucorhynchus, Linn. Mantissa, p. 624 (1771). Ocypterus leucogaster, Valene. Mem. Mus. d'Hist. Nat. vi, p. 21, pl. vii, fig. 2 (1820). Artamus leucopygialis, Gould, P. Z. S. 1842, p. 17; Myth, Cat. p. 199; Wald. P. Z. S. 1806, p. 555; Ball, S. F. i, p. 67. Artamus leucogaster (Valenc.), Horsf. & M. Cat. i, p. 161; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. i, p. 353; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. xiii, p. 3. Artamus leucorhynchus (Linn), Hume, S. F. ii, p. 214; id. N. & E. p. 195; id. Cat. no. 287 bis.

Coloration. Head and neck all round and a portion of the upper breast slaty grey, the lores and the feathers at the base of the bill darker; back, scapulars, and rump chocolate-brown ; lower rump and upper tail-coverts white; tail and wings ashy black ; breast, abdomen, sides of body, lower tail- and wing-coverts white.

The young have the upper plumage barred with fulvous, and the wing-coverts and quills are also tipped with the same colour.

Legs and feet in some dusky plumbeous, in some dull black; bill pale blue, tipped blackish; iris deep brown, occasionally slaty blue (Hume).

Length about 7; tail 2.5; wing 5.1; tarsus .65; bill from gape 1.

Distribution. The Andaman Islands. This species extends through the islands to Australia.

Habits, &c. The nest of this species was found in the Andamans by Davison in a hollow at the top of a stump in May, but it did not contain eggs.

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: 
513. Artamus leucogaster
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
Page No: 
Common name: 
White Rumped Swallow Shrike
White-breasted Woodswallow
Artamus leucorynchus
Vol. 1

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