(37) Crypsirhina cucullata.
THE HOODED RACKET-TAILED MAGPIE.
Crypsirhina cucullata Jerdon, Ibis, 1862, p. 20 (Thayetmyo); Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 35.
Vernacular name. Ami-whine (Burmese).
Description. Whole head, chin and throat black; round the neck, next to the black, a ring of ashy white; the whole upper plumage, wing-coverts and inner secondaries 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 ; outer secondaries black with ashy-white edges.
Colours of soft parts. Iris blue; eyelids plumbeous; bill black; legs and claws dark brown; inside of the mouth flesh-colour.
Measurements. Total length 300 to 315 mm.; tail 180 to 200mm.; wing 102 to 108mm.; tarsus about 26 to 27 mm.; culmen about 20 mm.
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 bill is black, with an orange gape and inside to the mouth; the eyelids are pale blue with orange edges.
This Magpie has the central tail-feathers narrower than in C. varians and more abruptly spatulate at their ends.
Distribution. Central and South Burma, Siam and N. Malay Peninsula. Harington obtained it as far North as Monywa and Pymmana on the Chindwin, and it extends East into West Central Siam. Wickham obtained it as far North as the foot of Mt. Victoria in the Chin Hills.
Nidification. Similar to that of C. varians, though the nests appear to be smaller and neater. The eggs are small replicas of those of that bird and measure 23.0x18.0 mm. Harington obtained its eggs in May.
Habits. Differ in no way from thos„e of the Black Racket-tailed Magpie, but it seems to keep more exclusively to bamboo-jungle and scrub. It is a bird of the dry zone, and will not be found in those parts of Burma where the rainfall is very heavy.