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.
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.