Coccystes jacobinus, Bodd.
212. :- Coccystes melanoleucos, Gmel. :- Jerdon's Birds of India Vol. I, p. 339; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. III, p. 461; Peccan, Stray, Feathers, Vol. IX, p.388; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 117; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India; Ibis, 1885, p. 63.
THE PIED-CRESTED CUCKOO.
Length,. 13; expanse, 17.5 ; wing, 5.75 ; tail, 7 ; tarsus, 0.98 ; bill at front, 0.75 ; bill at gape, 1.1.
Bill black; irides red-brown ; legs leaden-blue.
Above, uniform black, with a greenish shine; bases of the primaries white, forming a conspicuous wing-spot; all the tail-feathers tipped white, broadly, except the central pair, which are very narrowly tipped; under-parts dull white; in some, especially the females, slightly tinged with fulvescent.
The nestling plumage is dull black above, and fulvous beneath.
The Pied-crested Cuckoo occurs as a monsoon visitant throughout the district, but is much more common in some places than others; for instance, at Mhow it literally swarms during the rains, while at Neemuch it only occurs as a straggler. Its eggs resemble somewhat those of C. caudata, in whose nests, as well as in those of fit.' terricolor and malcolmi, they are generally deposited, but may be distinguished from the former by their somewhat larger size and rounder shape, and from those of the latter by being slightly smaller as well as rounder.
They are deep sky-blue in color, and measure 0.94 inches in length by 0.73 in breadth.