506. Campophaga melanoptera

506. Campophaga melanoptera.

The Pale-grey Cuckoo-Shrike.

Ceblepyris melanoptera, Rupp. Mus. Senckenb. iii, p. 25, tab. ii, fig. 1 (1839). Campephaga melanoptera, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xv, p. 307 (1846) ; id. Cat. p. 191; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. iv, p. 67; Oates, B. B. i, p. 231. Campephaga avensis, Blyth, Cat. p. 327 (1849). Volvocivora saturata, Swinhoe, Ibis, 1870, p. 242. Volvocivora avensis (Blyth), Hume, S. F. iii, p. 93, v, p. 205; id. Cat. no. 268 bis. Volvocivora vidua (Hartl.), apud Hume, S. F. v, p. 206; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 508; Hume, Cat. no. 268 quint. Volvocivora intermedia, Hume, S. F. v, p. 205 (1877); id. Cat. no. 269 bis. Campophaga saturata (Swinh.), Sharpe, Cat. B. M. iv, p. 66; Oates, B. B. i, p. 230. Campophaga innominata, Oates, B. B. i, p. 233 (1883).

Coloration. Resembles C. melanoschista, but has the plumage pale grey throughout, except the vent and under tail-coverts, which are white or albescent.

The young, in all stages of plumage, have the grey portions of the same pale tint as the adults.

Bill and legs black ; iris hazel- or reddish-brown; eyelids plumbeous ; inside of the mouth flesh-colour; claws horn-colour.

Of much the same size as C. melanoschista.

Some years ago I regarded C. melanoptera, C. saturata, and C. innominata as fairly distinguishable species, but now with the large series of these birds which is available for study I cannot separate them.

Distribution. The whole of Arrakan, Pegu, Karennee, and Tenasserim, extending into China and Siam. I have seen no specimen of this species from any locality south of Malawun.

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: 
506. Campophaga melanoptera
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
CatNo: 
506
Year: 
1889
Page No: 
491
Common name: 
Pale Grey Cuckoo Shrike
M_ID: 
18588
M_CN: 
Black-headed Cuckooshrike
M_SN: 
Coracina melanoptera
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
688

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