329. Dicrurus nigrescens.
The Tenasserim Ashy Drongo.
Buchanga intermedia (Blyth), Walden, P. Z. 8. 1866, p. 545; Oates, S. F. v, p. 149. Buchanga longicaudata (Hay), Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 213; Oates, B. B. i, p. 220. Dicrurus nigrescens (Oates), Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. i, p. 208.
Coloration. Above dark metallic ashy indigo; below dark grey ; the lores and frontal feathers blackish. Iris red; bill, legs, and feet black.
Length about 10.5 ; tail 4.9 to 5.5; wing up to 5.4 ; tarsus .7 ; bill from gape 1.05 ; depth of fork of tail much less than 2 inches.
Distribution. From about a line connecting Rangoon, Pegu town, That one, and Pahpoon to the extreme south of Tenasserim, and thence to Junk Ceylon, the most southern point from which I have seen this species.
Habits, &c. Similar to those of D. longicaudatus. I found a nest of this Drongo at Kyeikpadein near Pegu on the 27th April, con¬taining four eggs, which were white marked with pale purple, and measured about .89 by .7.