20. Dendrocitta bayleyi

20. Dendrocitta bayleyi.

The Andamanese Tree-pie.

Dendrocitta bayleyi, Tytler, J. A. S. B. xxxii, p. 88 (1863); Ball, J. A. S. B. xxxix, pt. ii, p. 242 ; xli, pt. ii, p. 285; id. S. F. i, p. 75 ; Walden, Ibis, 1874, p. 145, pi. vi; Hume, S. F. ii, p. 245; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. iii, p. 82; Hume, Cat. no. 678 bis.

Coloration. The feathers round the base of the bill black; the remainder of the head, neck, upper back, and upper breast dark bluish ashy ; lower back, scapulars, and rump pale rufous-olive; upper tail-coverts bluish ashy ; lower breast rufescent ashy; abdomen, vent, and under tail-coverts chestnut; tail and wing black, the latter with a large white patch on the primaries and secondaries.

Bill, legs, feet, and claws black; the soles plumbeous grey ; iris bright yellow, in some rich golden yellow (Hume).

Length up to 14; tail up to 8.5; wing 5; tarsus 1.05; bill from gape 1.05.

Distribution. The Andaman Islands. This Tree-pie was obtained by Davison near Port Blair, where it was not uncommon; but he found it most numerous at Mount Harriet and Aberdeen. He observes that it is a forest bird and never ventures away from the cover of large trees; also that it never descends to the ground. I did not observe it on the Great Cocos nor on Table Island.

The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.1 1889.
Title in Book: 
20. Dendrocitta bayleyi
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
Page No: 
Common name: 
Andamanese Tree Pie
Andaman Treepie
Dendrocitta bayleii
Vol. 1

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