(27) Dendrocitta rufa vagabunda.
THE BENGAL TREE-PIE.
Coracias vagabunda Lath., Ind. Orn., p. 171 (1790) (India).
Vernacular names. Bobalink (Europeans Bengal); Kotri (Hindi in Beng.); Takka-chor, Handi-chacha (Bengali); Kash-kurshi (N. Cachar); Khola-Khoa(Assam.); Dao-ka-link (Cachari).
Description. Differs from the last in being more richly coloured; the head is blackish and the red of the back is almost chestnut and the fulvous red below also much richer.
Colours of soft parts as in rufa.
Measurements. Wing 145 to 172 mm.; tail 209 to 253 mm.
Distribution. Northern India from Garhwal to Eastern Assam, Behar, U. Provinces, Bengal and Manipur.
The type locality may be restricted to Calcutta.
Nidification. Similar to that of the last bird and neither nest nor egg can be distinguished.
Habits. An equally confiding, common bird, being found in flocks in gardens and parks in the centre of Calcutta and haunting the immediate vicinity of every town and village.