(755) Lalage fimbriata neglecta.
The Small Cuckoo-Shrike.
Volvocivora neglecta Hume, S. F., v, p. 203 (1877) (S. Tenasserim). Campophaga neglecta. Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 493.
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description.— Adult male. Like Z. m. melaschista but very much smaller and with a shorter, less graduated tail; the abdomen is generally darker, but the under tail-coverts vary from white to pale grey as in that bird and the amount of white on the inner webs of the primaries varies to the same extent.
Colours of soft parts. Iris brown to crimson; bill and feet black.
Measurements. Total length about 220 mm.; wing 95 to 106 mm.; tail 73 to 83 mm.; tarsus about 21 to 22 mm.; culmen about 14 to 15 mm.
Female when fully adult similar to the male and no paler, but young birds retain the barring on the under plumage for some time.
Young. Paler grey above and below and barred throughout the lower plumage with black.
Nestling. Barred above with black and with white fringes to the feathers; below barred black and white or black and fulvous.
Distribution. Peninsular Burma and Siam to N. Malay States ; birds from South Malay seem to agree with culminata (Hay) in always having the under tail-coverts dark grey and the white spots on the tail very small. The true fimbriata from Java is very dark and Sharpe's polioptera from Cochin China very pale—of this last-mentioned race there are only three specimens in the British Museum collection, all very young birds, and more material will probably show them to be, as Sharpe himself finally thought, merely neglecta.
Nidification. Nothing recorded.
Habits. Similar to those of other Cuckoo-Shrikes.