8. Corvus insolens.
The Burmese House-Crow.
Corvus insolens, Hume, S. F. ii, p. 480 (1874), iii, p. 144; Wald. in Blyth, Birds Burm. p. 87; Oates, S. F. v, p. 150; Wardlaw Ramsay, Bits, 1877, p. 459; Anders. Yunnan Exped., Aves, p. 589; Hume Dav. S. F. vi, p. 380; Hume, Cat. no. 663 bis; Oates, B. B. i, p. 399; Oates in Hume's N. E. 2nd ed. i, p. 12. Corone insolens (Hume), Sharpe, Cat. B. M. iii, p. 34. Kyeegan, Burm.
Coloration. Forehead, crown, chin, and throat glossy black; back of the neck and its sides dull brown; ear-coverts and the whole lower plumage from the throat dull brownish black; wings and tail and remainder of the plumage deep glossy black. The feathers of the throat are lanceolate ; and the whole of the black portions of the plumage are highly glossed with purple, blue, and green, varying according to the light thrown on them.
The dimensions are the same as those of C. splendens. The iris is dark brown; the legs and bill black.
Distribution. The whole of Burma except perhaps the northern parts of Arrakan and the northern portion of Upper Burma bordering on Assam and Manipur. To the south the limit appears to be Mergui. This species extends into Siam and Cochin China.
Habits, &c. The House-Crow of Burma, like its congener in India, is extremely abundant in all towns and villages ; and even an isolated house in the jungle will usually be found to attract a few of these birds.
The breeding-season commences about the middle of March and lasts till the beginning of the rains. These birds almost always breed in societies, selecting a group of trees in a compound or near a monastery. The nest, made of twigs and lined with hair, grass or other soft substances, is placed high up in rather tall trees, and the eggs, usually four in number, resemble closely those of the preceding species.