22. Crypsirhina cucullata.
The Hooded Racket-tailed Magpie.
Crypsirhina cucullata, Jerdon, Ibis, 1862, p. 20; Hume, S. F. iii, p. 147 ; Blyth, Birds Burm, p. 88 ; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. iii, p. 84; Wardlaw Ramsay, Ibis, 1877, p. 459; Hume, Cat. no. 678 ter.; Oates, B. B. i, p. 405.
Coloration. The whole head, chin, and throat black; round the neck, next to the black, a collar of ashy white; the whole upper plumage, wing-coverts, and tertiaries vinaceous grey; lower plumage the same, but rather more rufous ; central tail-feathers black, the others the same colour as the back; primaries and their coverts black; secondaries black, broadly edged with ashy white.
The young have the head brown ; the central tail-feathers and wings are blackish brown, and the general colour of the body-plumage is less ashy and more vinaceous.
The young have the bill orange at the gape and black on the remainder; the eyelids pale blue with the edges orange; the inside of the mouth orange.
The adult has the iris blue; eyelids plumbeous ; bill black; legs and claws dark brown ; inside of the mouth flesh-colour.
Length 12.5 ; tail 7.8 ; wing 4.1 ; tarsus 1.05 ; bill from gape .85.
This Magpie has the central tail-feathers narrower than in C. varians, and more abruptly spatulate at their ends.
Distribution. The Hooded Racket-tailed Magpie was discovered by Jerdon at Thayetmyo, and I found it very common in the neighbourhood of that station. It extends to the east about 20 miles to Tamagan, and on the south about 10 miles to Palow. It probably extends some way to the west of the Irrawaddy river, and to the north it ranges into Upper Burma for some distance. Colonel Lloyd appears to have sent it from Toungngoo; but Wardlaw Ramsay expresses doubts as to its occurrence in that district, and I feel pretty sure it does not range so far to the east.
Habits, &c. This species is very similar in habits to C. varians; but is found almost entirely in bamboo-jungle.