Volvocivora melaschista, Hodgson.
269. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 415; Butler, Deccan; Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 393.
The DARK-GREY CUCKOO SHRIKE
Length, 9.5 to 10; expanse, 15; wing, 4.6 ; tail, 5.25 ; tarsus, 0.88 ; bill at front, 0.62.
Bill black ; irides hazel-brown; legs black.
Plumage iron-grey, darker and almost black on the quills and tail, the latter tipped white on all but the central feathers, paler grey beneath.
Young birds are dusky-grey, above, paler beneath, with dark bands ; albescent on the under tail-coverts.
The Dark-grey Cuckoo-Shrike has been obtained at Savant-Vadi, but there is no other record of its occurrence within our limits.