Genus DENDROCITTA

In the Tree-pies we have a collection of birds which are closer to Pica than to either Urocissa or Cissa, inasmuch as they have black bills and very numerous stiff, but somewhat short, bristles completely concealing the nostrils. The bill, however, is short with the commissure greatly curved, and in one species, D. bayleyi, the tail approaches the next genus in structure, the central feathers being gradually enlarged throughout their Length, not suddenly at the tip as in Crypsirhina.

The Tree-pies are sociable, associating in small bands, and they are aboreal, seldom descending to the ground. They have a series of clear metallic notes, which sound very pleasantly in the jungle. They construct large nests in trees, and lay eggs which are less Corvine in appearance than those of the true Magpies. Their food consists of both fruit and insects.

Key to the Species.

a. Tail ashy and black.
a1. Crown and hind neck uniform smoky brown; abdomen rufous …………D. rufa, p. 30.
b1. Crown black; hind neck and abdomen white ………………….D. leucogastra, p. 31.
c1. Crown black; hind neck and abdomen uniform ashy ……………D. himalayensis, p. 32.
b. Tail entirely black.
d1. Without a white wing-spot ………………….D. frontalis,-p. 33.
e1. With a white wing-spot ………………….D. bayleyi, p. 34.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
Reference: 
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.1 1889.
Title in Book: 
Genus DENDROCITTA
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1889
Page No: 
30
M_ID: 
20426
M_SN: 
Dendrocitta
Volume: 
Vol. 1
Term name: 
id: 
25

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