Corvus splendens, Vieill,
663. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 298 ; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. III, p. 493 ; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 413 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 176 ; Corone splendens, Vieill. ; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India; Ibis, 1885, p. 128.
THE COMMON INDIAN CROW.
Kowa, Hin. Kagra, Sindi.
Length, 15 to 18 ; wing, 10.75 to 11.25 ; tail, 7 ; tarsus, 1.85; bill at front, 2.12.
Bill black ; irides deep-brown ; legs black.
Forehead, sinciput, and lores, glossy black ; occiput, nape, hind-neck, and sides of neck, purplish-ashy ; back, wings, and tail, black, with rich purple and steel-blue reflections ; breast ashy, tinged dark ; middle of abdomen dull black, slightly tinged with steel-blue.
' The Common Crow is numerous throughout the district, except on the hills, where it is replaced by macrorhynchus. It is a permanent resident, breeding during May and June, making the usual stick nest. The eggs, four or five in number, are broadish oval in shape, pointed at one end, but vary much in color; they are generally greenish-blue or dingy-green, speckled, spotted and dashed with umber-brown.
They measure 1.44 by 1.06. The eggs of the Koel are almost exclusively deposited in the nest of this crow.