(781) Chaptia aenea malayensis.
The Southern Bronzed Drongo.
Chaptia malayensis A. Hay, Blyth, J. A. S. B., xv, p. 294 (1846 (Malacca).
Vernacular names. Chota Kesraj (Gorakpur): Chinna Kari Kuravi (Telegu, Travancore).
Description. Similar to the preceding bird but rather smaller; the rump is generally darker, though unglossed and the abdomen, vent and under tail-coverts are generally darker, though individual variation in these characters is very great.
Measurements. Wing 107 to 124 mm., average 118.4 mm.; tail 97 to 104 mm.
Distribution. The whole of Western India from South Travancore to Bombay; Orissa, Western Bengal to Calcutta, thence to the Sunderbands, Chittagong South of the Hill Tracts, Central and South Burma, Siam and the Malay Peninsula.
Nidification. Similar to that of the preceding bird, but the few eggs I have seen average smaller.
Habits. Those of the genus. The Southern Bronzed Drongo is found from sea-level to the top of the highest hills, but never except in forested or wen-wooded country which is broken by ravines, small hills or rough ground or in the immediate vicinity of such country. In flight, voice, diet, etc. it differs in no way from the Northern form.