(35) Dendrocitta bayleyi.
THE ANDAMAN TREE-PIE.
Dendrocitta bayleyi Tytler, J, A. S. B., xxxii, p. 88 (1863) (Andamans); Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 34.
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. The feathers round the base of the bill black; the remainder of the head, neck, upper buck 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 outer secondaries.
Colours of soft parts. Bill, legs, feet and claws black, the sides plumbeous grey; iris bright yellow, in some rich golden yellow. (Hume.)
Measurements. Total length about 350 to 360 mm.; wing 120 to 126 mm.; tail from 180 to 230 mm., generally about 210; tarsus and bill from about 25 mm.
Distribution. Andamans only.
Nidification. Nothing on record, but I have 13 eggs collected for me by a Pathan convict which can all be matched by eggs of himalayensis. They average about 28.5x21.9 mm and were taken in April and March near Port Blair.
Habits. Davison obtained this bird near Port Blair and more commonly 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. Oates did not obtain it either on the Great Cocos or on Table Island.