333. Dicrurus cineraceus

333. Dicrurus cineraceus.

The Grey Drongo.

Edolius cineraceus, Horsf. Trans. Linn. Soc. xiii, p. 145 (1821). Buchanga mouhoti, Waken, A. M. N. II. (4) v, p. 220 (1870). Buchanga wallacei, Walden, A. 31. N. H. (4) v, p. 220 (1870). Dicrurus longicaudatus (Hay), Hume, S. F. iii, p. 97. Dicrurus leucophaeus ( Vieill.), Hume, S. F. iii, p. 99. Buchanga cineracea (Horsf.), Sharpe, Cat. B. M. iii, p. 250. Buchanga longicaudata (Hay), Anders. Yunnan Exped., Aves, p. 654. Buchanga leucophaea ( Vieill.), Oates, B. B. i, p, 221. Buchanga pyrrhops (Hodgs.), Hume, S. F. xi, p. 99.

Coloration. Frontal plumes and lores black; the whole plumage bluish grey, glossy above, paler underneath and without gloss except on the breast; upper wing-coverts centred darker; quills more or less brown, tinged with ashy on the outer webs; tail clear bluish grey, the shafts black and the tips brownish.

Bill black; mouth dusky flesh-colour; iris crimson; feet and claws black ; in the young the iris is brown.

Length 11; tad 5.3 to 6.5; wing 5.2 to 5.75 ; tarsus .7; bill from gape 1.1.

Distribution. From the Brahmaputra river and the eastern branch of the Ganges delta down to Lower Pegu and Northern Tenasserim. The southern limit of this species, so far as the specimens I have examined serve to show it, is a line drawn from Pegu town to Thatone and on to Pahpoon. D. nigrescens is also found along this line, and both species procured at the above places are quite typical and distinct one from the other. Wardlaw Ramsay obtained D. cineraceus in Karennee and the Toungngoo hills. It extends into Siam. It is not found in any portion of the Malay peninsula, but it reappears in Java, Lombock, and Palawan.

D. stigmatops, Sharpe, is a very distinct species of this type, with the lores pure white. It is found in Sumatra and Borneo.

Habits, &c. This species frequents forests and th e better wooded parts of the country. I did not succeed in finding its nest in Pegu, and nothing is known of its nidification.

The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.1 1889.
Title in Book: 
333. Dicrurus cineraceus
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
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Common name: 
Grey Drongo
Ashy Drongo
Dicrurus leucophaeus
Vol. 1

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