Buchanga atra

Buchanga atra, Herm.

278. :- Dicrurus macrocercus, Vieill. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. I, p. 427 ; B. albirictus, Hodgs.; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. III, p. 465 ; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 394 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 126 ; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India ; Ibis, 1885, p. 66.

THE COMMON DRONGO-SHRIKE. OR THE KING CROW.

Kolsa, Hin.

Length, 11.5 to 13.75; expanse, 17 to 18.75 ; wing, 5.50 to 5.75 ; tail, 6 to 7.25 ; tarsus, 0.9 ; bill from gape, 1 to 1.25 ; bill at front, 0.75.

Bill black ; irides maroon-red ; legs black.

Glossy black, with a small white spot at the gape (not always present), somewhat duller black on the quills and tail, which are brownish-black beneath.

Young with whitish lunules on the abdominal plumage.

The King Crow" is a common permanent resident throughout the region, breeding during May, June and July, a few breeding earlier or later according to locality.

The nest is usually built in a fork of a tree, at some height from the ground, and is composed of grass roots and stems neatly woven together, and is of a shallow saucer-shape. The regular number of eggs is four, but occasionally five are found ; they are of two very distinct types. The first is a pure white, without markings; the other a pale salmon color, marked with rich red-brown.

Between these types every variety occurs, but all the eggs out of the same nest strongly resemble each other. They measure 1.01 inches in length by 0.75 in breadth.

BookTitle: 
Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Reference: 
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
Title in Book: 
Buchanga atra
Spp Author: 
Herm.
Book Author: 
Barnes, H. Edwin
Year: 
1885
Page No: 
154
Common name: 
Common Drongo Shrike Or King Crow
M_ID: 
19572
M_CN: 
Black Drongo
M_SN: 
Dicrurus macrocercus
id: 
11496

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