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.

The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
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
Page No: 
Common name: 
Pale Grey Cuckoo Shrike
Black-headed Cuckooshrike
Coracina melanoptera
Vol. 1

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