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.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Reference: 
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
CatNo: 
513
Year: 
1889
Page No: 
498
Common name: 
White Rumped Swallow Shrike
M_ID: 
18328
M_CN: 
White-breasted Woodswallow
M_SN: 
Artamus leucorynchus
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
698

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