332. Dicrurus leucogenys.
The White-cheeked Drongo.
? Dicrurus intermedius, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xv, p. 298 (1846). Dicrurus cineraceus (Horsf.), apud Blyth. Cat. p. 203. Buchanga, leucogenys, Walden, A. M. N. H. (4) v, p. 219 (1870) ; id. in Blyth's Birds Burm. p. 131; Sharpe, Cat, B. M. iii, p. 251 ; Twee'dd. Ibis, 1878, p. 69; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 216; Hume, Cat. no. 280 quat.; Oates, B. B. i, p. 222. Dicrurus leucophaeus (Vieill.), apud Hume, S. F. ii, p. 210.
Coloration. Whole upper plumage clear pale bluish grey; the shafts of the tail and quills and the tips of the first six or seven primaries black; lores, ear-coverts, and a space round the eye pure white; forehead and nasal bristles black; lower plumage like the upper but paler, and the vent and under tail-coverts albescent; under wing-coverts white tinged with grey.
Young birds have the white of the face less pure and smaller in extent, but even in the youngest birds the lores are white or whitish; the upper plumage, wings, and tail are suffused with brown, rendering the black shafts less conspicuous; the under wing-coverts are grey tipped with white.
Legs, feet, claws, bill, and eyelids black; iris pale lake to crimson (Davison).
Length about 10.5 ; tad 5.7; wing 5.5 ; tarsus .75; bill from gape 1.1.
Distribution. Tenasserim from Mergui southwards; the Andaman Islands. This species extends down the Malay peninsula to Singapore, and eastwards to Siam, Cochin China, and China, and it is found even in Japan. It is stated to be a migratory bird.
Habits, &c. According to Davison this Drongo is a forest species, but it is also found in clearings, and it has the usual Habits of the genus.