(767) Dicrurus macrocercus albirictus.
The Himalayan Black Drongo.
Dicrurus albirictus Hodgs., Ind. Rev., i, p. 326 (1837} (Nepal). Dicrurus ater. Blanf. & Oates, i, p. 312 (part.).
Vernacular names. Bojanga, Buchanga (Hind.); Finga (Beng.); Thampal (N.W.P.) : Charoi, Cheira (Manipur).
Description. Differs from D. m. macrocercus in being larger. "Wing 140 to 155 mm., average 149.1 mm.; tail 140 to 184 mm., average 159.5 mm.; tarsus about 22 mm.; culmen 23 to 24 mm. and distinctly heavier than in D. m. macrocercus.
Distribution. Throughout the Himalayas to East Assam, Manipur, Chittagong, Northern Bengal, North Chin Hills, North Kachin Hills and North Shan States.
Nidification. The Himalayan King-Crow breeds from the plains along the edge of the Himalayas up to 7,000 feet, at which height Mr. P. Dodsworth found it breeding near Simla. The breeding season is a little later than that of the last, few birds breeding before May. The nest is exactly like that of the Gammon Drongo,, and the eggs only differ from those of that bird in being rather larger. Fifty eggs average 27.1x19.8 mm.: maxima 29.4 x 21.1 mm.; minima 23.6x 18.0 mm. Habits those of the species.