Volvocivora sykesi, Strick.
268. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 414 ; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. III, p. 464 ; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p., 393; Lalage sykesi, Strick.; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India; Ibis, 1885, p. 65.
THE BLACK-HEADED CUCKOO-SHRIKE.
Length, 7.5 ; wing, 4 ; tail, 3 ; tarsus, 0.8 ; bill at front, 0.5.
Bill black ; irides dark red-brown ; feet black.
Head, neck, and breast deep black ; whole upper plumage pale grey ; tail black, the outer feathers broadly tipped with white; lower breast and abdomen pale grey, passing gradually to white on the lower abdomen and lower tail-coverts.
The young bird has the head grey like the back ; the throat and entire under parts whitish, with dusky cross rays; and the rump more or less distinctly rayed.
The Black-headed Cuckoo-Shrike is a not uncommon visitant to most parts of the district, but it has not as yet been recorded from Sind.